[Ppnews] Autopsy - Muslim leader found riddled with bullets, cuffed

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Photos Raise Questions About Shooting of Cuffed Muslim Leader

Medical Examiner Photos Also Show Deep Lacerations on Face



April 7, 2010­

A fiery Muslim leader who was shot dead during an 
attempt to arrest him in Dearborn, Mich., was 
found to have been riddled with 21 shots 
including one in the back. He also had a broken 
jaw, broken teeth and his hands were cuffed 
behind his back, according to an autopsy report.

An autopsy photo obtained by ABC News shows 
Ameen Abdullah Luqman lying face down on the 
ground with his hands clearly cuffed behind him.

Additional photos obtained by ABC News also show 
deep lacerations on Luqman's face that his family 
believes may have been caused by a police dog.

Federal authorities claim that Luqman, 53, was 
killed last October in a Dearborn trailer after 
failing to surrender to police. The day before 
the raid, federal authorities filed a criminal 
complaint that alleged conspiracy to commit 
federal crimes including theft from interstate 
shipments, mail fraud to obtain proceeds from 
arson, illegal sale and possession of firearms 
and tampering with motor vehicle identification 
numbers. These allegation were made through the 
use of confidential informants, the documents state.

here to see an autopsy photo of Luqman's face. 
Beware of the graphic nature of the photograph 
showing deep lacerations which his family 
believes may have been caused by a police dog.

An FBI officer on the scene of Luqman's death 
reported that a police dog was sent in when 
Luqman refused to show officers his hands, and 
that Luqman shot and killed the dog. However, a 
press release after the incident from the U.S. 
Attorney's office in Detroit does not say Luqman 
killed the dog. It simply states a canine was 
"killed in the exchange." The shot allegedly 
fired by Luqman prompted police to take the 
gunfire as a threat and they returned fire, according to FBI reports.

Luqman's family says there's no proof he was 
carrying a gun that day, and the family has 
submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to 
get the necropsy report for the dead police dog 
to determine whether the dog was killed by a 
police bullet. The request has been declined.

Luqman's son, Omar Regan, asks "How did he shoot 
the dog if his jaw was broken and there were lacerations on his face?"

Slain Muslim Leader's Fiery Rhetoric

A spokesman for the FBI in Detroit declined to 
discuss the Luqman case because of ongoing 
investigations into what happened that day in 
October 2009. There is an internal FBI 
investigations into the shooting, as well an 
investigation by the Dearborn Police Department. 
In addition, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., 
asked Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this 
year for a separate review of the FBI's use of confidential informants.

Luqman, according to an FBI affidavit, once said 
in a 2004 sermon, "Do not carry a pistol if 
you're going to give it up to police. You give 
them a bullet rather than surrendering your weapons."

Luqman and his associates are described as armed 
and dangerous in the affidavit and complaint 
filed by federal authorities before the arrest. 
FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena said 
after the shooting that he was comfortable with 
his agents' actions. "They did what they had to 
do to protect themselves," he said.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations in Detroit, asked, "How could he be so sure?"

Walid said that despite Luqman's rhetoric, he was 
not dangerous. The Imam struggled to pay rent and 
heat at his mosque in Dearborn, and was evicted 
from a previous mosque for not paying rent. Walid 
says the police actions at the Detroit warehouse 
that day amounted to excessive force, borne out 
by the condition of Luqman's body when the medical examiner arrived.

The medical examiner's report says the body was 
cold when he arrived and rigor mortis had set in, 
so it was impossible to establish time of death. 
The police dog named "Freddy," a Belgian 
Malinois, was airlifted to get medical attention, 
while Luqman's body was eventually taken by 
ambulance to the hospital, according to his son. 
Freddy was later honored with a memorial service.

It remains unclear how Luqman's jaw came to be 
broken and his face so badly lacerated or when he was handcuffed.

After viewing all the autopsy photos with the 
Wayne County Medical Examiner, Lena Masri, an 
attorney for CAIR Michigan, said she believes 
Luqman's body may have moved been from the 
original location where was killed before the medical examiner arrived.

Photos Raise Questions About Muslim Leader's Death

Luqman preached overthrowing the U.S. government 
and establishing Islamic law, but he was not 
charged with terrorism. Federal authorities used 
informants inside Luqman's mosque to gather 
evidence that he and his associates were dealing 
in stolen goods, and illegally possessed firearms, among other charges.

Eleven associates of Luqman were subsequently 
charged with some or all of the following federal 
crimes: conspiracy to commit federal crimes, 
being a felon in possession of firearms, 
possession of firearm with altered serial number, 
tampering with vehicle identification numbers and 
aiding and abetting. When charged in court, all 
of the defendants refused to respond to a request 
to enter a plea, so the court entered a plea of not-guilty on their behalf.

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