DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – A coalition of political activists and civil rights groups gathered for a town hall meeting at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit to discuss growing concerns regarding the lack of transparency of government entities relating to the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah by FBI agents and a warrantless raid conducted upon a Detroit mosque by the Detroit Police on October 28, 2009.
The event, which was organized by the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Michigan Democratic Party – 14th District, NAACP – Detroit Branch, the National Lawyers Guild, Delta Sigma Theta – Detroit Alumnae Chapter, the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).
The Rev. Robert Smith of New Bethel said he welcomed the rally -- and likened the killing to those committed by police during the civil rights movement and Detroit riots. "Something is happening here that is an awful and dangerous thing," Smith said.
In November 2009, CAIR-MI along will ACLU-MI, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) wrote a letter to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting an investigation into the fatal shooting of Abdullah, which includes him being shot in the back. (More)