Detroit -- The local office of a national Muslim civil rights organization said it plans to launch an independent forensic investigation into the shooting death of a Detroit Muslim cleric in October during an FBI raid.
Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, head of Masjid Al-Haqq mosque, was shot to death Oct. 28 during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse by FBI agents. They say they shot the imam because he fired first at an FBI dog. Agents said they were investigating Abdullah and several other men in connection with a stolen goods operation.
An autopsy report released Feb. 2 found Abdullah died from 21 bullet wounds
Lena Masri, a staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan chapter, said Tuesday she has seen more than 75 autopsy photos and other photos of the dead imam.
She said in the photos he is lying face down and is handcuffed. She also said she was told by Wayne County Medical Examiner Carl Schmidt that Abdullah's body was moved from the warehouse after he died and taken to a nearby trailer. "Why was the body moved from the location?" Masri asked. "We're concerned why the crime scene was contaminated." (More)