KARE - MINNEAPOLIS — The top cop in Minneapolis was called to the stand Monday in the murder trial of former police officer Mohamed Noor, to testify on the department's body camera policy on the day Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told jurors it would have been his expectation, according to body camera policy on July 15, 2017, that officer Noor and his partner would activate their body cameras if riding with guns out, if expecting to encounter danger. Arradondo also testified that he would expect officers at the scene to keep their body cameras activated even when talking with each other about the homicide.
Jurors and court spectators have already seen several video clips that show officer body cameras being turned off when they are about to talk to each other about what is happening on the shooting scene.
The Chief also admitted to being surprised when he heard where the shooting of Ruszczyk Damond took place, because "in that neighborhood, "we typically don't see a lot of challenges in crime and public safety."
On cross examination, defense attorney Peter Wold was fairly effective in showing that there was more discretion on when officers could turn body cameras on and off. Wold made a point about asking the chief whether it was required to turn cameras on while en route to an "unknown trouble" call. Arradondo restated that if Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity expected trouble, their cameras should have been on.