(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/1/15)Â -Â The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA)Â today called for a â€œfullFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR-LA Seeks 'Transparent' Probe of LBPD Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Student
(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/1/15)Â -Â The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA)Â today called for a â€œfully transparentâ€ investigation of the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed Muslim college student by Long Beach police (LBPD).
Feras Morad, 20, was shot Wednesday night while â€œunarmed and in desperate need of medical attention,â€ according to friends and relatives. The shooting is being investigated by Long Beach police and the Los Angeles County district attorneyâ€™s office.
Feras Morad was a national champion of speech and debate, maintained a 3.9 GPA, was involved with various causes in his community and was just recently accepted into seven universities (Berkeley, UCI, UCSD, Concordia, Washburn, UCLA and Cal State Long Beach)
One way the Feras'Â loved ones and supporters have mobilized toÂ seek answers of his tragic shooting is creatingÂ the FacebookÂ andÂ TwitterÂ pages “Justice For Feras Morad.”
“We hope this tragic incidentÂ will be investigated in a fully transparent manner that helps build trust between police and the community they serve,”Â said CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy.Â “We offer our sincere condolences and prayers for Feras Moradâ€™s family and loved ones.”Â
She said CAIR-LA will continue to monitor the development of this case.Â
This incident comes in the wake of recent controversies involving similar shootings of unarmed individuals by police and of a media report that more than 550 law-enforcement killings were not included in FBI statistics between 2007 and 2012.
In March 2008, Mohammad Usman Chaudhry, a homeless, mentally-ill Muslim man was fatally shot by the LAPD. CAIR-LA, along with other civil rights groups, filed a lawsuit against the officer involved and the LAPD for wrongful death and excessive use of force. A federal jury ruled in favor of the victim's family.
- SEE:Â CAIR-LA Welcomes Appeals Court Ruling In Favor of Family of Muslim Shot by LAPD Officer
- SEE ALSO: CAIR-LA Disturbed by LAPD Officers' Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Homeless Man
CAIR is the nation'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.Â
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CONTACT: CAIR-LAÂ Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad, 714-776-1847, 714-851-4851,Â firstname.lastname@example.org