[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
By BETH TRIBOLET and SHARAF MOWJOOD
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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