Jun 7, 2019

Somali cop sentenced for fatal shooting of a white woman in Minneapolis

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor after recieving his sentencing. Photo: Leila Navidi/Star Tribune/Getty Images

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting a white woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, in 2017, AP reports.

Why it matters: The question of race has cast a shadow over the trial since it began. Noor's supporters say the Somali American, who is Muslim, has been treated more harshly than other officers involved in fatal shootings. Others say Damond's death has drawn attention to police brutality in Minneapolis, according to the New York Times.

  • Since 2005, only 3 other officers have been convicted of murder, and seen their convictions stand, NBC reports.
  • This is the first time an officer in Minnesota has been convicted of a fatal shooting in the line of duty and sentenced, per MPR News.
Somali-American supporters rally for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor at Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 2019, during his sentencing. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

The big picture: This is not the only high-profile, fatal police shooting that's occurred in Minnesota in recent years. Two other victims were African-American men.

Context: Damond called 9-11 about someone being on her property, says AP. When scouting the area around Damond's house, Noor was startled by a noise and fatally shot her. He reportedly tried to administer CPR for 4 minutes. The city of Minneapolis paid Damond's family a $20 million settlement, the largest misconduct payment in the city's history, MPR News reports.

Go deeper: The big picture: How police brutality drives cities into debt

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.