Trooper charged with manslaughter for suspect’s death pleads ‘not guilty’


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

Trooper Brian North pleaded not guilty of unnecessarily shooting and killing a suspect following a high-speed chase along the shoreline.

A lot of drama inside and outside the courtroom was expected. It has been an emotional case for a lot of people.

The Connecticut State Police Union has stood behind North, but family members of Mubarak Soulemane, the man he’s accused of killing, called him a murderer.

Soulemane’s loved ones held a rally outside of the courthouse in Milford on Thursday.

Mubarak Soulemane.
Mubarak Soulemane.(Family photo)

Investigators said in 2020, Soulemane stole a car in Norwalk and led troopers on a high speed chase up Interstate 95 north before he crashed in West Haven. Police then boxed Soulemane in, but a short time later, North shot Soulemane seven times because he said he thought the 19-year-old was reaching for a knife.

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

Much of the law enforcement community continues to support North. Last month before a scheduled court appearance, dozens of police officers from four different states marched to the Milford Superior Courthouse. They said the prosecution of North showed why many people in the law enforcement community felt their profession was under attack.

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

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

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

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

North is due in court again for another hearing in September. His lawyer said the trial is likely a year or so away.

Trooper Brian North pleaded not guilty of unnecessarily shooting and killing a suspect following a high-speed chase along the shoreline.

Trooper Brian north is accused of unnecessarily shooting and killing a suspect following a high-speed chase along the shoreline.

A state trooper charged with manslaughter for the death of a suspect is set to face a judge on Thursday.