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CAIR-LA Seeks ‘Transparent’ Probe of LBPD Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Student

cair ca logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/1/15) - The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for a “fullFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR-LA Seeks 'Transparent' Probe of LBPD Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Student

(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/1/15) - The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for a “fully transparent†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 “unarmed and in desperate need of medical attention,†according to friends and relatives. The shooting is being investigated by Long Beach police and the Los Angeles County district attorney’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' loved ones and supporters have mobilized to seek answers of his tragic shooting is creating the Facebook and Twitter pages “Justice For Feras Morad.”

“We hope this tragic incident will be investigated in a fully transparent manner that helps build trust between police and the community they serve,” said CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy. “We offer our sincere condolences and prayers for Feras Morad’s family and loved ones.” 

She said CAIR-LA will continue to monitor the development of this case. 

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.

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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad, 714-776-1847, 714-851-4851, oahmad@cair.com

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