(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/8/15)Â -Â The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called forÂ an â€œindependent and thoroughâ€ investigation into the fatal shooting ofÂ a mentally ill MuslimÂ by officers from the Shreveport Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Centenary College Department of Public Safety in Shreveport, La., on Sunday. Â
Mohamed Ibrahim, 28,Â was shotÂ Sunday eveningÂ after reportedly crashing during a chase by police officers. The shooting came after the family reported to police a few hours earlier that Mohamed wasÂ schizophrenicÂ and acutely delusional. Eyewitnesses reported that he was shot 20-30 times.
In a statement,Â CAIR National Civil Rights Litigation Director Jenifer WicksÂ said:
â€œIt is our duty to question every police-involved shooting to determine if the use of deadly force was necessary, particularly given the specific information that had been provided to police about Mr. Ibrahimâ€™s mental health. We are asking for an independent and thorough investigation, public release of any video and audio recordings and transparency about the results of the investigation.â€Â Â
Experts say that tactics that police are trained to use are the opposite of what should be done with mentally ill people in a crisis.Â
CAIRÂ 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
– END â€“