House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) today announced that the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division will launch an investigation into the homocide of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah on 10/28/09 by FBI agents.
I use the term homocide, by the way, because homocide is the language used on the death certificate meaning that he was killed by humans, not by natural causes, an accident or suicide.
Calls were also made by Conyers for the DOJ to review the FBI’s current usage of confidential informants in houses of worship. The usage of confidential informants or agent provocatuers is at the basis of the charges within the criminal affidavit against Abdullah and 10 members of Masjid Al-Haqq, and it was an agent provocatuer, White male named “Jabril,” who apparently arranged for Abdullah to be at the location in the warehouse in Dearborn, which led to his death.
Conyers also criticized the Dearborn Police Department and mentioned their role which led to Abdullah’s death being it was part of the mutli-jurisdictional joint terrorism taskforce that was logistically involved in the raid.
At today’s press conference was also MI State Rep. Bettie Scott, who chairs the state judicial committee, as well as the following organizations:
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
American Civil Liberties Union – Michigan (ACLU-MI)
National Lawyers Guild – Michigan
National Action Network (Al Sharpton’s organization)
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ)
Abdullah’s family attorney and ADC-MI Advisory Board Chair Nabih Ayad was also present.
Video footage of entire press conference coming soon.