Wasn't Noor responding to a call though? You can feel remorse for a cop on duty making a mistake while responding to a call. Someone going into the wrong apartment and shooting a guy while they were sitting is rough.
Call me cynical but I can't imagine under the same exact scenario that if it was a black male cop walking into the wrong apartment & shooting a white woman, that the sentence would've been the same.
Hard to say, but Muhammad Noor (sp?) in Minnesota got 12.5 years. Similar circumstances in that there was a murder conviction for negligently killing a civilian. There, it was a black cop (also an African immigrant, I think) with an attractive blonde victim. The facts obviously werenít the exact same, but the sentences were quite close.
I think these are pretty apples and oranges situations.
In one, the cop was on duty, responding to a call, saw a chaotic scene unfolding, and reacted and killed someone.
The other, a cop was off duty, walked into someone else's apartment, and reacted by shooting someone eating dessert.
The first person got 12.5 years. Second got 10.
Both are tragic. Neither should be a cop again. But the first one is MUCH more analogous to Tamir Rice type situations where cops are overzealous in their demands and act far too quickly with lethal force, but aren't even indicted. That cop was only fired because he was previously determined to be too unstable to be a cop, but didn't disclose that on his new job application. The reasoning and defense for Noor is the same as all other cop shootings. "Reasonable" fear.
Noor's attorney, Peter Wold, told the court that "there is no dispute that Noor reacted based on fear in the split seconds he reacted and shot Ms. Ruszczyk that night."
But Hennepin County prosecutors argued that Noor overreacted and failed to assess the situation properly before firing.
The point isn't that Noor is awesome and that Guyer should be locked up forever. The point is that cops shoot too many people and jump to lethal means far too soon, and that the race of the shooter and victim matters far too much in terms of legal sympathy and sentencing.