The Washington Post appears to be concerned about a potential rise in Islamophobia after a Somali-American cop shot and killed an Australian woman in Minneapolis under unclear circumstances.
In an article titled “After Minneapolis officer in police is named, Somali community braces for backlash,” Washington Post writer Katie Mettler laments the fact that Officer Mohamed Noor – who became the first Somali-American police officer to serve in Minneapolis’s fifth precinct three years ago – has gone from celebrated to chastised.
“The report stoked fear among Somalis in the Twin Cities [meaning the region encompassing Minneapolis and St. Paul], who have worked for decades to become part of the city’s fabric,” Mettler writes.
“There are now Somalis on the police force, the city council and in the Minnesota House of Representatives. But the largely Muslim population of Somali Americans in the region still face Islamophobia and innuendo about terrorism.”
Mettler goes on to quote Mohamud Noor (unrelated to the officer), who serves as executive director at the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, as stating that Somalis in Minnesota are concerned Officer Noor’s involvement in the shooting “will be just another event used to create animosity toward the Somali community.”
“Already, hateful posts criticizing Islam and sharia law are filling social media in response to the police shooting,” Mettler continues in her piece, adding that other Somali police officers are feeling anxious in response to the backlash.
Many are not impressed with Mettler’s priorities.
Their priorities are so ass-backwards.
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) July 18, 2017
They are just crazy!
Common sense is now politically incorrect.
— Richard #TeamTommy ﻦ (@FrenchR1ck) July 18, 2017
WaPo should be concerned about Ameriphobia too.
— David Buhlman (@sheeplib) July 18, 2017
Of course the Washington Compost is only concerned about Islamaphobia. God forbid, we should care about body cams that weren't turned on.
— Margaret P.Smith (@Meggypaul) July 18, 2017
Has WaPo sunk to thinking cold blooded murder is OK, but don't blame the person who killed the woman for no reason other than hate?
— DraintheSwamp (@hmwilson123) July 18, 2017
I'm convinced I've woken up in Bizarro world or something when the murderer is the victim being defended in the name of fighting racism
— Shotaro Kaneda (@TujoPanda) July 18, 2017
Yeah dont worrie about the injustice of a women killed by a muslim cop that called 911 from hes cop car he was probably trying to rape her
— Dean (@useyournut85) July 18, 2017
As reported previously, exactly what happened when Officer Noor shot and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond remains unclear.
So far, reports indicate that Noor and his partner were responding to a call from Damond, who was attempting to alert them to a possible rape being carried out in the area where the incident took place.
As Damond was speaking with Noor’s partner, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the patrol vehicle, Noor allegedly reached across him and fired a shot through the car’s door, striking Damond in the abdomen.
According to Fox News, during Noor’s short time as a police officer, he was had three complaints filed against him, two of which are still open.
“On May 25, a woman accused Noor of assault and battery because he ‘grabbed her right wrist and upper arm’ and inflamed a pre-existing shoulder injury while officers were forcibly removing her from her home and bringing her to a hospital,” the outlet states.
The nature of the other complaints is unclear.