Prosecutor finds police were justified in shooting of Dolal Idd

Dolal Idd was shot and killed on December 30, 2020.

A screenshot from the body camera of one of the officers who shot Dolal Idd.

Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced Friday that the Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed Dolal Idd were legally justified in their use of force and won’t face criminal charges.

Idd was shot on December 30, 2020 when Minneapolis police officers attempted to arrest him for the illegal sale of firearms at a Holiday gas station. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo defended the conduct of his officers following the shooting and said Idd was the first to fire his weapon, which was supported by body-camera footage from the incident.

But Idd’s name became a rallying cry among Black Lives Matter activists, who expressed “doubts about the police narrative of events.”

“Although I have concluded the use of deadly force was justified in this instance, any loss of life is a tragic occurrence and I wish to extend my personal condolences to the family of Dolal Idd for their great loss,” Keena commented Friday.

Her office was asked to make a charging decision as part of an agreement signed by five county attorney offices in 2020. Under that agreement, “the county attorney’s office in which the deadly force incident occurred will not be involved with the investigation and decisions on possible prosecution of the officers.”

In a 13-page charging decision, Keena said the fact that Idd fired first is supported by body-camera evidence, witness statements, police officer statements, and a forensic firearm analysis of Idd’s weapon.

Additionally, investigators found a bullet hole in the front hood of the unmarked squad car, “consistent with having come from the direction of the driver’s side” of Idd’s vehicle.

“It is my conclusion that given the facts and circumstances of this incident, it was objectively reasonable for the three peace officers to believe Mr. Idd posed a deadly threat to them and other officers at the scene at the time they fired their weapons,” Keena concluded her report. “Accordingly, the officers were legally justified in using deadly force in this instance and there is no basis to issue criminal charges against any of them.”

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