Michigan police sued over imam shooting

Aug. 6, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a suit against the Michigan police for a case involving the slaying of an imam in 2009.

Federal agents seeking to arrest imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah on suspicion of trafficking in stolen goods shot him at least 20 times during an Oct. 28, 2009, sting operation at a Dearborn warehouse.

A federal indictment alleged Abdullah led a radical separatist mosque and stolen-goods ring.

Muslim and African-American leaders questioned the FBI's use of informants in the matter, though FBI authorities in Michigan said agents acted appropriately.

The Michigan chapter of CAIR said it filed a lawsuit against the Michigan State Police for failing to disclose information related to the shooting of the Dearborn imam.

"Due to the utter lack of transparency shown by various law enforcement agencies involved in this case, we have been compelled to use the courts to obtain what should be public information," CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement outlining the case.

FBI agents said they were justified in shooting Abdullah because he opened fire and killed a police dog.

Michigan's attorney general in April named a state prosecutor to probe the FBI's slaying of a Muslim leader because the county prosecutor declined to investigate.

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