It is the first time a police officer in Minnesota has been convicted over an on-duty shooting.
She set sentencing for June 7 at 9 a.m.
A wave of killings of black men and teens by US police prompted street protests with this case providing a mirror image since Damond was white and Noor is a black Somali immigrant.
Sixty witnesses testified during the almost month-long trial, including use-of-force experts, neighbors, and Noor's partner, Matthew Harrity.
He testified that he shot Justine Damond, an Australian who had moved to the United States, to protect his partner, because he had feared an ambush when responding to an emergency call she had made.
Ruszczyk, also known as Justine Damond, had called police on the night of July 15, 2017, to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her Minneapolis home, yet was shot and killed by Noor who was one of the responding officers. "And while historically it has not been uncommon for minority officers to receive differential treatment, it is discouraging to see this treatment persist in 2019", the Somali American Police Association said through a statement.
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Masson points out the police department's body camera policy changed after the shooting of Damond, and that there was widespread confusion about the policy among officers prior to the incident.
The case hinged on whether Ruszczyk posed a deadly threat to the officers.. Noor rode in the passenger seat.
Noor was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Prosecutors countered that Noor acted unreasonably and was too quick to assume Damond was a threat without considering that she may have been the 911 caller or the subject of the call.
He said that after Damond approached the cruiser, his partner screamed "Oh, Jesus!" and began fumbling to unholster his gun. Both men testified about a loud noise on the squad auto. They also presented evidence that Ruszczyk's fingerprints were not found on the outside of the squad vehicle, and they put two police use-of-force experts on the stand who argued that Noor was reckless in his decision to fire. Second-degree manslaughter is defined as creating unreasonable risk of causing death or great bodily harm to another through culpable negligence. Defense attorneys labeled Noor a hero, saying he was just trying to save his partner's life. During his closing argument Monday, defence attorney Thomas Plunkett told jurors all that mattered was the "precise moment" in which Noor fired his gun and that they needed to consider whether Noor acted as a reasonable officer would act in the same circumstances.
"Wouldn't that have been a good time to say it?" When prosecutor Amy Sweasy asked Harrity whether that meant it would have been premature for him to fire, he agreed.
Noor said he couldn't remember all the events of the shooting, which he described as a "traumatic experience".