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Minneapolis cop who shot dead Australian Justine Ruszczyk walks free from prison after three years

US cop who shot and killed an unarmed Australian yoga instructor in her pajamas outside her home walks for FREE after serving less than five years in prison

  • Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2017
  • She had called 911 to report a woman who screamed in the alley next to her house
  • A jury convicted him of third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter
  • He was sentenced to 12.5 years – later reduced to four years and nine months
  • Noor was recently released from prison after serving more than three years in prison

A former Minneapolis cop who shot and killed an unarmed Australian yoga instructor who called 911 about a possible assault outside her home has been released from prison.

Mohamed Noor, 36, shot Justine Ruszczyk, 40, on the night of July 15, 2017, as he and colleague Matthew Harrity arrived at her home to investigate the disturbance.

He was found guilty by a jury in April 2019 of third-degree murder and manslaughter and sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison, which was reduced to four years and nine months last year after the murder charge was quashed on appeal.

After more than three years behind bars, Noor was released from prison on Monday online records of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Justine Ruszczyk, 40, (pictured) was shot dead in July 2017 after calling police to her Minnesota home to investigate a possible sexual assault

Justine Ruszczyk, 40, (pictured) was shot dead in July 2017 after calling police to her home in Minnesota to investigate a possible sexual assault

Ms Ruszczyk’s death sparked outrage in Australia and the US, where there were protests in Minnesota calling for police responsibility, with the chief of the force later resigning.

Ms. Ruszczyk had called 911, the US equivalent of 000, and claimed to have heard a woman screaming in the alley next to her house.

Fearing it was an assault, she ran outside when the police car arrived and approached from behind.

Harrity told investigators they were startled by a loud noise as they entered the alley. Mrs. Ruszczyk then approached the driver’s side of the car and Noor, sitting in the passenger seat, pulled the trigger and killed her on the spot.

Noor has never testified and has not been questioned by the police. The only information his lawyers gave was that he might have been afraid of her, even though she was unarmed.

Mrs. Ruszczyk’s family won a $20 million settlement from the city of Minneapolis after filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Mohamed Noor, 36, (pictured) has been released from prison after serving more than three years

Mohamed Noor, 36, (pictured) has been released from prison after serving more than three years

Her fiancé, Don Damond, convicted the Minneapolis Police Department for failing to do more to change the culture within the department after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Derek Chauvin.

“Besides the body camera policy, can you tell us what has changed? Can you point out something that has changed? I can’t,” he said in a 2020 interview.

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