(Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, lawyers for convicted Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor filed for an acquittal, stating that the evidence in his case did not prove third-degree murder or second-degree manslaughter — counts the officer was found guilty of in the July 2017 shooting death of Justine Damond.

Noor is a Somali American. Damond was white. Some have suggested that race played no role in the jury verdict. 

Race, however, is always a factor in the criminal justice system. It plays a role in who is arrested, who is prosecuted, who is offered favorable plea bargains and who is convicted.

For the full story, visit USAToday.com/Opinion.

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