CAIR-MI Sues State Police for Info on Imam's Death
(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 8/05/10) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has filed a lawsuit against the Michigan State Police for its failure to release information relating to the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah last autumn.
The Michigan State Police, part of a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force that conducted a series of raids that resulted in the death of Imam Abdullah, has denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted by CAIR-MI seeking public information related to the case.
CAIR-MI said it will soon file a series of lawsuits against other law enforcement agenciesin an effort to obtain information relating to Imam Abdullah's death, including video surveillance showing him being attacked by FBI dogs and being shot 21 times.
"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," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "We continue to call on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to conduct a thorough, transparent and independent investigation into the events that led to Imam Abdullah's death."
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.