Photos released in imam's shooting death

April 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 7 (UPI) -- American-Islamic leaders Wednesday released photos they say back their claims slain Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah may have been attacked by an FBI dog.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan office said the photos it obtained from the medical examiner show evidence not included in official reports of the Oct. 28 shooting death of Abdullah by FBI agents, The Detroit News reported. The official report lists the cause of Abdullah's injuries shown in the photos as inconclusive.

CAIR wants an independent probe of the shooting, which occurred during a raid. FBI officials have alleged Abdullah was involved in a stolen goods fencing ring.

Dearborn police and U.S. Justice Department officials have yet to complete their investigation of the shooting.

The News said the FBI was unavailable for comment Wednesday morning. The newspaper also reported that in a 1980 incident Abdullah, then known as Christopher Thomas, reached for a gun and told a police officer, "It'll be you or me."

The News said it obtained the statement from interviews and records obtained under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act. In that incident, Abdullah wrestled with the officer for control of the gun but was disarmed after a second officer arrived, the reports indicate.

"I should have killed him," Abdullah was quoted as saying.

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