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Mother pleads for justice as Connecticut trooper who shot her son is arraigned in superior court

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Michael Lyle Jr.
WSHU Public Radio
Civil Rights leader Kevin McCall speaks in front of Milford Superior Court with family members of 19-year-old Mubarak Soulemane who was shot and killed by Connecticut Trooper Brian North.

On Tuesday, a Connecticut state trooper was arraigned in Milford Superior Court on manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager two years ago.

The family of 19-year-old Mubarak Soulemane joined local civil rights leader Kevin McCall in calling for the conviction of Trooper Brian North.

North shot and killed Soulemane after a car chase that stretched from Norwalk into West Haven on January 15, 2020.

State Police said North fired several rounds into the vehicle when it appeared Soulemane was reaching for something. An investigation later showed that Soulemane was carrying a knife.

After the arraignment, Soulemane’s mother, Omo Mohammed spoke briefly outside the courthouse.

“I hope justice will be served ... To convict Brian North to go to jail … To convict Brian North for being a criminal for killing my son ... I hope justice will be served,” Mohammed said.

Several police officers also rallied outside the courthouse in support of North. McCall said their appearance was a way to intimidate the family.

“How in the world you can give your condolences to this family, but yet you would try to intimidate them … But they will not be intimidated,” McCall said.

North was arrested last month after the state Inspector General found the shooting was not justified. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. Neither North nor his lawyer commented when leaving the courthouse.

His next court appearance is set for June 2.

Mike Lyle is a former reporter and host at WSHU.