(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/19/10) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today renewed calls for transparency by local, state and federal law enforcement entities in the investigation of the fatal shooting of a Muslim cleric last year in Dearborn, Mich.
CAIR-MI filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with law enforcement entities requesting information relating to a series of raids conducted by a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force on October 28, 2009. The raids resulted in the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah by FBI agents.
All FOIA requests, including requests for the necropsy report of the FBI dog killed during the raid and video surveillance footage of the location of Abdullah’s death, have been denied.
SEE: Release of Video of Imam’s Death Denied (Detroit News)
A coalition of religious and civil rights leaders recently wrote to President Barack Obama requesting him to direct US Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a robust civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Abdullah.
SEE: Michigan Coalition asks Obama to Begin Probe into Imam’s Death (Detroit News)
SEE: Video of Press Conference Calling for Obama to Probe Shooting of Imam
“We ardently renew our calls to local, state, and federal law enforcement entities to release video surveillance footage of the fatal shooting of Imam Abdullah,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri. “The questionable circumstances surrounding the shooting as well as the undue suppression of evidence necessitates a rigorous investigation by the US Department of Justice.”
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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri 248-390-9784, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org