[Ppnews] Autopsy: Detroit Imam Shot 21 Times by FBI

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CAIR: Autopsy Shows Mich. Imam Shot 21 Times, Handcuffed
Muslim civil rights group repeats call for independent probe of FBI shooting

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/30/10) ­ The Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today 
reiterated its call for an independent 
investigation into the death of a Michigan imam, 
or Islamic religious leader, who a leaked autopsy 
report has revealed was shot 21 times and then 
handcuffed during an October FBI raid in Detroit.

Details of Slain Imam's Autopsy (Fox)

CAIR, other civil liberties groups and Rep. John 
Conyers (D-MI), who is chairman of the House 
Judiciary Committee, have all called for an 
investigation into the death of Imam Luqman Ameen 
Abdullah. Earlier this month, Conyers sent a 
letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to ask the 
Justice Department's civil rights division to 
investigate both the October shooting and whether 
the FBI violated the Constitution by using 
informants in mosques. A report detailing the 
imam's autopsy is scheduled for official release on Monday.

in Imam Shooting to be Released Monday (Detroit News)
FBI Case on Imam (Detroit Free Press)

"The shocking details of the imam's autopsy raise 
a number of disturbing questions that need to be 
answered," said Dawud Walid, executive director 
of CAIR's Michigan chapter. "First of all, did 
the FBI agents follow established procedure when 
they shot the imam 21 times? How was the imam 
shot in the back? Was it proper procedure to 
handcuff either a dead body or a mortally-wounded 
suspect? If the agents found the imam alive 
following the shooting, did they call for medical 
assistance? All these questions need answers."

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 
248-842-1418, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: 
dwalid at cair.com; CAIR National Communications 
Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 
202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper at cair.com; CAIR 
Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 
202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: <mailto:arubin at cair.com>arubin at cair.com

Autopsy: Detroit Imam Shot 20 Times at FBI Raid


Updated: Monday, 01 Feb 2010, 9:53 PM EST
Published : Monday, 01 Feb 2010, 12:29 PM EST

Associated Press Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- A Muslim prayer leader accused of 
encouraging his followers to commit violence 
against the U.S. government was shot 20 times 
during an FBI raid at a suburban warehouse last 
fall, according to an autopsy report released Monday.

The autopsy was completed a month after Luqman 
Ameen Abdullah's death, but Dearborn police were 
granted a delay in releasing the results while 
they investigate the Oct. 28 shooting, said Dr. 
Carl Schmidt, Wayne County's chief medical examiner.

Abdullah, 53, died instantly, he said. The FBI 
says agents were trying to arrest Abdullah at a 
Dearborn warehouse when he resisted and fired a gun.

Schmidt said Abdullah's body was handcuffed and 
on the floor of a semitrailer when his 
investigator arrived at the shooting scene.

"You cannot tell by the gunshot wounds whether he 
was lying down, standing up, sitting" when he was 
shot, Schmidt told reporters. "It is impossible 
to say which one was the fatal gunshot wound. It 
was a combination of gunshot wounds."

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said anyone 
subject to an arrest warrant is handcuffed "no 
matter what the circumstances" for the safety of agents and the public.

Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was 
the imam of a small mosque in Detroit that served 
mostly black Muslims. At the time, he and 11 
allies were being pursued for federal crimes, 
chiefly conspiracy to sell stolen goods in an FBI sting operation.

The FBI says Abdullah was spreading a radical 
anti-government ideology that called for an 
Islamic state within the U.S. His family denies 
it. There were no terror-related charges.

Dearborn police still are investigating 
Abdullah's death. Earlier Monday, Chief Ron 
Haddad said it will take several more weeks 
before detectives finish their work and share 
their findings with the Michigan attorney general's office.

"I'm not going to engage in opinions on the use 
of force," Haddad said when asked if agents fired 
too many times. "Whether it clears them, whether 
they're prosecuted, it'll be up to the next level."

He promised a "clear, honest and objective evaluation."

The shooting also is being examined by the FBI's 
Inspection Division, which will send results to 
the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, 
said Berchtold, who called it a standard procedure.

"This is one piece of information from that day," 
she said of the 20 shots. "We'd like to ask 
people to wait for all the facts to come out to 
determine an overall reaction. The events that 
actually occurred in the warehouse have not been publicized."

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, 
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and the Michigan 
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations want a separate investigation. Outside 
the Dearborn Police Department, a small group of 
protesters stood near a sign that said, "Stop FBI Terror!"

A lawyer for Abdullah's family, Nabih Ayad, questioned the FBI's tactics.

"A lot of raids are conducted when a suspect has 
a gun. That doesn't mean you shoot them 20 times," Ayad said in an interview.

Schmidt said the 20 shots caused 21 wounds, 
mostly on the left side of Abdullah's body, from the abdomen down.

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