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Mohamed Noor moved to prison in other state for 'safety reasons'

He was sentenced last month for the murder of Justine Damond.
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Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of the murder of Justine Damond, has been moved to another prison.

The move has been taken for safety reasons, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald told BMTN.

Noor was being held in Minnesota's only level-five maximum security prison, MCF-Oak Park Heights, but has since been moved to another state.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections says the new location of Noor's incarceration cannot be disclosed.

The Star Tribune however says he popped up on the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate listings as being held in Bismarck, but he no longer appears on the inmate search.

It is relatively common for former police officers convicted of serious crimes to be moved to prisons where they are less well known, due to potential for assaults by other inmates.

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Earlier this year, the Chicago police officer who was convicted of the murder of Laquan McDonald was moved to a different facility after he was beaten shortly upon arriving at a federal prison, as the Chicago Tribune reports.

Noor was sentenced last month to 12-and-a-half years in prison over the July 2017 death of Damond, whom he shot after she approached his squad car after calling in a suspected rape.

He was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over her death.

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