The U.S. police officer who shot dead Australian woman Justine Damond as she stood on a driveway outside her home may never face criminal charges.
Rookie cop Mohamed Noor is maintaining his silence and continues to exercise his legal right not to be interviewed by investigators probing Ms Damond’s death.
However, when the shooting becomes the subject of an internal police investigation, Noor will be compelled to provide statement or face the sack from the force.
The only catch is, any statement he provides during the internal investigation cannot be used in a criminal case due to a legal technicality, the Star Tribune reports.
U.S. police officer Mohamed Noor, who shot dead Australian woman Justine Damond as she stood on a driveway outside her home, may never face criminal charges.
Noor is maintaining his silence and continues to exercise his legal right not to be interviewed by investigators probing Ms Damond’s death.
The law is known as the Garrity Warning in Minnesota, and means that public employees under internal investigation are given the option to provide information or face disciplinary action.
‘Because you are being required to provide information under the threat of disciplinary action, the information you provide, and any evidence resulting from the information you provide, cannot and will not be used against you in any subsequent criminal proceeding,’ the warning reads.
A number of unrelated felony criminal cases in America are reportedly relying on the same law to have their client’s cases thrown out, claiming prosecutors used internal interviews to build up their own cases.
Originally from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Ms Damond, 40, was shot dead by Minneapolis policeman Mohamed Noor on July 15.
Ms Damond called 911 at around 11.30pm after hearing a woman’s screams and fearing a sexual assault was taking place in an alley behind her home.
When police arrived, she approached the vehicle before Officer Mohamed Noor shot across his partner, Matthew Harrity, and struck her in the stomach.
Neither Noor or Harrity had their body cameras turned on at the time of the shooting.
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