A member of the city’s human rights commission, Omar Mohammedi, received a death threat by mail last week, demanding that he withdraw a lawsuit he filed on behalf of six imams, identified in the case as John Does, who were removed from a USAirways flight in November.

The letter threatens the commissioner as well as the six imams whom Mr. Mohammedi represents in his capacity as a private civil rights attorney.

Mr. Mohammedi, who did not return a call for comment, has alerted law enforcement officials about the threat, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper, said.

“The threat calls for the lawsuit to be ended, so it can rightly be termed a terror threat,” Mr. Hooper said of the letter. “It can be categorized as such, and law enforcement authorities should act accordingly.”


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