Sydney woman Justine Damond was killed in bewildering circumstances on Saturday in Minneapolis. Somehow this had led to traditional backlash fears within the Muslim community.
Jim Treacher investigates:
Whenever a police officer shoots a civilian under questionable circumstances, one question looms large: How can our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters frame the narrative to advance liberal agenda items? When a white cop shoots a black person, of course that’s racism. When a black cop shoots a black person, then that’s institutionalized racism. But what if it’s a black Muslim cop shooting a white person?
That’s what happened in Minnesota on Saturday night, when Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot an Australian woman named Justine Damond behind her home after she called 911 to report a possible assault nearby. A lot of things about the story don’t add up: Damond was in her pajamas and didn’t have a weapon, the police say there’s no footage from the patrol cruiser’s dashcam or the body cameras that Noor and his partner were wearing, and Noor has had several complaints filed against him since joining the force in 2015.
The cops haven’t been able to explain why this officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 for his help.
When a Hispanic police officer named Jeronimo Yanez shot Minneapolis resident Philando Castile last year (which I found indefensible), it was easy to fold that into the ongoing Black Lives Matter narrative. Yanez isn’t white, but close enough. But this one is a bit more tricky. This one requires a bit more finesse.
After Minneapolis officer in police shooting is named, Somali community braces for backlash
The backlash has been expected ever since September 11, 2001. The backlash never happens. Stop trying to make backlash a thing.