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Minneapolis Police Racism Provokes Backlash

The late Justine Damond thought she heard an intruder.   She called 9111, and one of the responding Minneapolis police officers hot Damond dead, from Useless Toady [1]:

“We have a tragedy at hand, and we have a community that’s frightened. That’s what I want to highlight and that’s the reason we’re here,” said Minneapolis City Councilman Abdi Warsame.

Officer Mohamed Noor, who pulled the trigger and killed Justine Damond, is Somali-American. Damond was white.


Noor, who has received recognition from the city’s mayor, also has two open complaints against him.

Warsame is calling for an end to racism and Islamaphobia that he said has targeted their community since the July 15 shooting — mostly through online and social media comments.

But he specifically called out former U.S. representative Michele Bachmann, for insinuating in a speech last week that Noor may have shot Damond for “cultural reasons.” The former Republican congresswoman and one-time presidential candidate, represented Minnesota’s 6th District.

When a police officer is singled out by the mayor for the mere fact that he was hired, and appears to a loose canon, it is appropriate to find out why the mayor hired Noor. How many police officers did Mayor Betsy Hodges hire for cultural reasons and how many standards did she bend or waive to get them on the office?

If Councilman Warsame wants to end the perception that the Minneapolis Police Department is racist, he should opposed the  Minneapolis of hiring police officers based on their race.   Till  Minneapolis remedies their racist hiring practices. the good citizens of Minneapolis should weigh the risks calling their police department.

And to think some used to complain about too many Irish and Italian cops.