Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation & World Digest: Minnesota Officer Convicted in Killing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation & World Digest: Minnesota Officer Convicted in Killing

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MINNESOTA OFFICER CONVICTED IN KILLING

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home, a rare instance of an officer being convicted after asserting he fired in a life-or-death situation.

Mohamed Noor was also convicted of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-yearold dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia whose death bewildered and angered people in both countries.

Noor, a police officer for the past two years who testified that he shifted to policing from a career in business because he "always wanted to serve," was acquitted of the most serious charge of intentional second-degree murder.

Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for up to 15 years on the murder conviction and nearly five years on the manslaughter conviction, although judges aren't bound by the guidelines and can impose lower sentences.

MENTAL HEALTH STAFF CLEARED IN PARKLAND

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- The mental health professionals who treated the Parkland school shooter before his murderous rampage had no legal responsibility to warn anyone that he was violent, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Broward Judge Patti Englander Henning threw out lawsuits against Henderson Behavioral Health, which treated gunman Nikolas Cruz before he shot 34 people -- 17 fatally -- at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.

Florida law is clear, the judge said: Mental health workers have no duty to protect the public from possible harm by someone they have no control over. Unlike other medical doctors, who can rely on diagnostic tools to confirm diseases, mental health professionals cannot accurately predict whether a person will be violent, she explained.

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