Imam shot 18 times & handcuffed?

Is this reality that the FBI shot an imam 18 times and handcuffed after he shot their DOG and didn’t point a gun at agents?  Is this reality that they shot a human being and handcuffed him without airlifting him to the hospital but airlifted their DOG to an animal hospital?

http://www.freep.com/article/20091031/NEWS02/910310367/1318/Islamic-leaders-family-urges-investigation-into-his-death

Islamic leader’s family urges investigation into his death

He was shot 18 times, they say

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO, BEN SCHMITT AND ROBIN ERB
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

As Muslims prepare for a funeral today in Detroit for Islamic leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah, his family and a coalition of Muslim organizations are calling for an independent investigation into his death in a reported shootout with FBI agents in Dearborn

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections called Friday for a thorough investigation to “make public the exact circumstances in which he died.”

The family of Abdullah, the imam of Masjid Al-Haqq in Detroit, told the Free Press on Friday that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office told them Abdullah was shot 18 times.

Contacted Friday by the newspaper, the examiner’s office would only say that Abdullah was shot multiple times and a final report on the autopsy is not yet completed.

Abdullah’s son Mujahid Carswell, 30, was granted release Friday after a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit. However, U.S. Magistrate Donald Scheer ordered Carswell’s release based on him being fitted with an electronic tether.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Oberg said it was unclear whether Carswell would be fitted for the device before Monday, meaning he might not be released in time for father’s funeral.

Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons, said his family was told by authorities that after he was shot 18 times, Abdullah was handcuffed and placed on a stretcher. He complained that the FBI airlifted a police dog that had been shot while no medical helicopter was brought in for his father.

“It really is ridiculous,” Regan said.

“I’m comfortable with what the agents did,” Andrew Arena, FBI special agent in charge of the Detroit office, told reporters Thursday. “They did what they had to do to protect themselves.”

Oberg told Scheer during a detention hearing Friday that her office plans to pursue racketeering charges against Carswell.

But Carswell’s defense attorney, Jill Leslie Price, called the allegations “intimations and allusions” that were based on guilt by association.

Abdullah’s death raises questions and fears

http://www.freep.com/article/20091030/BLOG2505/91030032/1068/OPINION/Abdullahs-death-raises-questions-and-fears-

Abdullah’s death raises questions and fears

The funeral of Luqman Ameen Abdullah tomorrow morning will bring Muslim leaders nationwide to Detroit. Abdullah’s life and death have ignited debates on race and religion, police and politics.

People, from Detroit’s east side to South Africa, are questioning how Abdullah died. Left untended, questions like these often answer themselves, sometimes with conspiracy theories or worse. No one should assume government wrongdoing or impropriety, but skepticism, fear and anger have clouded the air. To help clear it, the Justice Department or some outside agency should investigate whether agents properly targeted Abdullah, or could have avoided killing him.

FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, of Detroit, during a Wednesday raid at a Dearborn warehouse. A 43-page affidavit highlights Abdullah’s alleged hatred of government and police agencies but does not charge him with terrorism. The government described him as an Islamic fundamentalist who advocated violence to establish Muslim rule. Still, for many in the community, Abdullah was a respected imam and neighborhood benefactor.

I spoke last night on Detroit’s east side with two African American Muslims who knew Abdullah and remembered him as a man who took in the homeless and fed the hungry. Neither knew of, or defended, his alleged criminal activities, but they did question whether he had to die and why agents didn’t approach him differently. The account now widely held by community members is that Abdullah was shot repeatedly by agents, after he shot an unleashed police dog, despite official reports that Abdullah fired on the officers.

A spokesman for Dearborn police said today the investigation of Abdullah’s shooting is ongoing and the department couldn’t comment. But Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, said a government agent also told him that Abdullah died after shooting the dog. “Is this the kind of excessive force that we black Americans are all too familiar with?” Walid asked. Walid is also troubled by the use of informants and what he called agent provocateurs who entice people into criminal activities.

Abdullah’s death may mark the first killing of a religious leader by U.S. government agents since David Koresh died at the Branch Davidian ranch outside Waco, Texas, in 1993. That incident had some tragic ripples. Walid, who has been interviewed by international journalists about the killing, said Abdullah’s death will affect U.S. relations with Muslim countries — a high priority for President Obama. It could also worsen relations between the FBI and the U.S. Muslim community. Abdullah’s funeral will not bury the questions about his life or death. Government, and the people, need the truth.

Muslim Coalition Calls For Probe Into FBI Death of Mich. Muslim

Muslim Coalition Calls for Probe Into FBI Shooting Death of Mich. Muslim
American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections asks FBI not to link case to Islam

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/09) – The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, is calling for an independent investigation into the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot and killed by the FBI on Wednesday in Detroit during raids in which a number of individuals were arrested on charges unrelated to terrorism.

AMT is also calling on the FBI not to link the raids or the allegations against the suspects to the Islamic faith.

In a statement, the Muslim coalition said:

“It is imperative that an independent investigation of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah’s death make public the exact circumstances in which he died. And unless the FBI has evidence linking the criminal allegations to the religious affiliation of the suspects, we ask that federal authorities stop injecting religion into this case. The unjustified linkage of this case to the faith Islam will only serve to promote an increase in existing anti-Muslim stereotyping and bias in our society.”

AMT is also urging the Congressional Tri-Caucus (Black, Latino, and Asian) to call for a judicial inquiry.

In keeping with its charter, AMT works for civil rights of all Americans and plans to hold a series of meetings across the United States, culminating in a civil rights summit in Washington, D.C., to address growing civil and human rights concerns of seven to eight million American Muslims.

AMT is an umbrella organization that includes American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle ofNorth America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), MAS-Freedom, Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and United Muslims of America (UMA). Its observer organizations include American Muslims for Civic Engagement (AMCE), Islamic Educational Council of Orange County (IECOC), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

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CONTACT: AMT Chair Dr. Agha Saeed, 510-299-9313, E-Mail: aghaksaeed@yahoo.com

Regarding yesterday’s incident in Detroit & Dearborn

The whole world is looking at Motown now due to the death of a local Imam, who was shot by the FBI after allegedly shooting their dog as well as the arrests of a dozen other people relating to numerous (non-terrorism) related charges.

In the mix of media hysteria, Heather Laird offers a very balanced commentary on this entire situation as of today.

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http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-26018-SE-Michigan-Islamic-Examiner~y2009m10d28-We-must-condemn-that-which-is-condemnable

We must condemn that which is condemnable

We must condemn that which is condemnable. In the Qu’ran, Allah commands Muslims to speak the truth even if it is against themselves.  Today, October 28, 2009, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was fatally shot and killed during an FBI raid authorities reported. He along with 10 other men were suspected of charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods,  illegal possession and sale of firearms and altering numbers on license plates. They are suspected of these acts, and in both American law and Islamic law suspicion is not enough to convict a person. Unfortunately, none will be privy to the perspective of Imam Luqman as he chose to fight against the authorities. However, these acts if true, are truly condemnable and no one would deny that truth.  Over the coming days, weeks and months as the facts emerge we can try to make sense and judge best what took place today and over the previous months of the FBI’s investigation.

Over the next days maybe it will become clearer the connection that authorities are trying to make between these 11 men and terrorism. All that seems to be evident thus far is that these men were allegedly  engaged in some type organized crime. Organized crime is not equal to terrorism and those guilty of it have not been broadcast in the media and identified with their religion. For example, one never saw a headline that read Catholic Gotti convicted of this and that organized crime.  We do not look at John Gotti and conjure up thoughts about Catholics even though we know he is Catholic.  We see him as a former boss of organized crime. Apart from the suspected charges in this case it is also condemnable that media sources are using headlines like:  “Feds: Islamic Radical Killed in Mich. Raid,”  and “Feds: Imam who led radical Sunni Islam group fatally shot in Detroit-area FBI raid.” Yes, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was the Imam at Masjid Al-Haqq and those that mention his title do not seem to be feeding into the usual propaganda that follows any story relating to a Muslim, but others like the ones mentioned above are starting down that all too familiar path of propaganda; repeating and repeating that these were “radical” men, that they were “Muslim” men and these “Islamic” men associating all things bad with “these people.” If it is repeated enough then the public will believe it. This is how propaganda works. And just as propaganda was condemned in Nazi Germany and during the Cold War so should it be condemned against a minority of Muslims in America.

Another piece of this story that is condemnable is that the community both the Muslim community and the broader mainstream community did not serve its members well. Muslims are to ‘know what the needs of our neighbors are before they have to tell us’. As well, Christians and Jews believe in ‘loving thy neighbor.’ The area surrounding Masjid Al-Haqq is an area known to have problems with crime, prostitution, drugs and poverty. Many of the people who live in this area are uneducated or without a lot of education, they are impoverished or close to poverty level. This Masjid seeks to counsel and rehabilitate its community members, but where was the broader community that we did not know what was happening here? Why did we not know that these men were having issues? Why did we not contribute to their education and give them opportunities to do something other than what they were alleged to be doing? Did we not care? If we do care, isn’t inaction the same as not caring? This should be condemned as well and something that as a community is examined moving forward.

What remains to be seen is how condemnable the Muslim organizations are for not vetting people better. In the days to come, surely all of who Imam Luqman Ameen Abduallah was will be forthcoming, not the least of which is that he was sitting on the Majlis Ashura (advisory board) of a national organization MANA (Muslim Alliance of North America). This young organization serves many in the American community and has even conducted groundbreaking work around social issues like marriage, divorce and domestic violence. Many people affiliated with its boards are leaders in the Muslim community across the United States and have advised people in the American government.  If this organization and the others that Imam Luqman was affiliated with were to suffer because of a lack of knowing the company one keeps that is certainly condemnable as well.

I hope whatever conclusions people make, they will do so with all the facts in hand. And, if we find condemnable acts we should all condemn them. Where we find innocence we should defend it. Where we find trouble-makers we should call them out for their behavior.

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was a Muslim. Only the people involved in today’s events know what truly happened. As far as Imam Luqman’s involvement, only he and Allah will now know the true extent to his actions. Whether a Muslim is one who is practicing or one who is astray when a Muslim dies it is said: “To Allah do we belong and to Him shall we return.” Muslims pray for forgiveness for those who have preceded them in death.