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Is 'fear' enough of reason for Minneapolis cop to overcome charges in Damond shooting?

The police officer who was with a Minneapolis officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed Australian woman said both men “got spooked” when she approached their SUV, and that the partner feared for his life. But prosecutors say officer Mohamed Noor acted recklessly and was not justified in using deadly force when he shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond last July after she called to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in Southwest Minneapolis.

The case, which has drawn international attention, presents challenges for both sides. If it goes to a trial, a jury must decide if Noor acted reasonably in the moment. Here’s a look at likely arguments and pitfalls as the case unfolds.


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