(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 2/8/10) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed a recent resolution from the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners calling for “objective scrutiny and resolution to the fatal shooting of Cleric Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah,” which took place on October 28 of last year in Dearborn.
The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners on February 4 voiced concerns about a series of events, including the sting operation, which led to Abdullah’s fatal shooting and a warrantless entry into a mosque by the Detroit Police Department.
CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri testified before the board about community concerns regarding the Detroit Police Department’s involvement as part of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force in the raids on the day of Abdullah’s death.
Masri also said CAIR-MI has not received a response to a letter written to the mayor of Detroit and copied to the Detroit police chief on December 21, 2009, requesting a thorough and expeditious investigation into a warrantless entry of Masjid Al-Haqq in which officers reportedly entered with guns brandished while worshipers were praying.
The mosque security guard who signed a sworn affidavit to the incident on December 12, 2009, previously testified in front of the Board on December 17, 2009.
SEE: Letter Written to Detroit Mayor, sworn affidavit and video testimony
“We welcome the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners resolution calling for objective scrutiny into the protocols and conduct of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force on the day of the cleric’s death,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Such calls help to restore public trust in law enforcement, especially when coming from commissioners who have oversight over a law enforcement entity.”
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-mail: email@example.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-1203, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org