Soldier charged with manslaughter in suspect’s death pleads ‘not guilty’


MILFORD, CT (WFSB) – A state trooper charged with manslaughter appeared in Milford court on Thursday morning.

Private Brian North has pleaded not guilty to needlessly shooting and killing a suspect following a high-speed chase along the shore.

Lots of drama inside and outside the courtroom was expected. This was a moving case for many people.

The Connecticut State Police Union backed North, but family members of Mubarak Soulemane, the man he is accused of killing, called him a murderer.

Soulemane’s relatives held a rally outside the Milford courthouse on Thursday.

Mubarak Soulman.(Family photo)

Investigators say that in 2020, Soulemane stole a car in Norwalk and led soldiers in a high-speed chase down Interstate 95 north before crashing in West Haven. Police then locked up Soulemane, but soon after North shot Soulemane seven times because he believed the 19-year-old was looking for a knife.

The inspector general, however, said the shooting was not justified. This led to North’s arrest.

Much of the law enforcement community continues to support North. Last month, ahead of a scheduled court appearance, dozens of police officers from four different states marched to the Milford Upper Courthouse. They said North’s lawsuit shows why many in the law enforcement community believe their profession is under attack.

Supporters escorted North to the courthouse for his arraignment on Thursday morning.

Trooper Brian North arrived at Milford Superior Court on Thursday with support from state police.

Following North’s arraignment at 10 a.m. Thursday, Soulemane’s family said they were frustrated because they believed the wheels of justice were turning too slowly.

“I want Brian North to be held accountable for my son’s murder,” said Omo Klusum Mohammed, Soulemane’s mother. “I want Brian North to go to jail for killing my son, for slaughtering my son. That’s what justice is for.

North is due back in court for another hearing in September. His attorney said the trial is likely in about a year.

Private Brian North has pleaded not guilty to needlessly shooting and killing a suspect following a high-speed chase along the shore.

Private Brian North is charged with needlessly shooting and killing a suspect following a high speed pursuit along the shore.

A state trooper charged with manslaughter in the death of a suspect faces a judge Thursday.


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