Report due in imam’s death; protest planned
A protest is planned for this morning outside the Dearborn Police Department during a news conference to release the autopsy report of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the Muslim leader who died in a shootout with FBI agents.
“We want to let people know we won’t tolerate this type of vicious assault on citizens,” Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said Sunday. “An assault on Muslims is an assault on everyone.”
Scott’s coalition is holding the rally along with the Michigan Emergency Coalition against War and Injustice, a Detroit-based group.
The FBI has said that Abdullah was an Islamic extremist who was dealing in stolen goods. Federal officials said that Abdullah opened fire during an Oct. 28 raid in a Dearborn warehouse by FBI agents seeking to arrest him and 10 others on suspicion of buying and selling stolen items provided by an undercover informant.
Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI office, said last week that although the case ended tragically, his agents acted appropriately in the two-year investigation of Abdullah and during the raids.
The FBI has portrayed Abdullah as a Sunni Islamic extremist who spoke against law enforcement and followed Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the Muslim leader formerly known as H. Rap Brown, in prison for killing a police officer.
The rally is set for about 10:15 a.m. across the street from the Police Department, 16099 Michigan Ave.