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?
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
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.