(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/29/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on police in Salt Lake City, Utah, to release body camera video of the Saturday shooting of a Muslim teenager, identified by family members as 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.
Police say they are not releasing the video because the investigation is ongoing and because the teenager, who was shot twice by officers and remains in critical condition, could face charges.
According to police, the teen was attacking another person with a metal stick when officers intervened, leading to the shooting. After the incident, bystanders began throwing rocks and bottles at police. A witness claims officers fired too quickly after demanding only one time that the teenager drop the stick he was reportedly carrying.
â€œBecause of past unfortunate incidents of controversial police shootings nationwide, the release of the body camera video could help allay community concerns about transparency and accountability,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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