Standoff Ends in Fatal Shooting
Community and interfaith leaders will hold a press conference today to call for an investigation into a standoff that ended in the death of Eren Beyah, 27, son of Sister Brenda Beyah-Sadiq, a prominent member of the Muslim community of Cleveland.
When: Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 4:00 pm
Where: Front steps of City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Leaders of the African-American Muslim community, interfaith leaders, peace and justice groups, family members, anti-Police brutality activists, and other civic leaders will be present, as well as a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“We stand in solidarity with the Beyah family in this terrible tragedy. We join the community in calling for a thorough and impartial investigation into Police tactics in this matter,” said Isam Zaiem, President of the Cleveland Office of CAIR-OHIO.
At no time during the standoff was the victim’s mother given the opportunity to speak to her son. According to media reports, more than 30 canisters of tear gas were used. Media reports said the victim had a gun and had fired shots. Community members allege that there was excessive use of force and that promises made by the police to exhaust all efforts to end the standoff peacefully were not honored.
Contact: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Office. Julia A. Shearson, Director 216.440.2247 or 216.830.2247; Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR-National 202.488.8787 or 202.744.7726.