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CAIR Asks Salt Lake City Police to Release Body Cam Video Showing Shooting of Young Muslim

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’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.

SEE: Family IDs Teen Shot by Police in Downtown SLC

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.

SEE: Salt Lake City Withholds Footage of Police Shooting

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.

“Because 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,†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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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