Editorial: Inquiry on imam’s death should be concluded quickly


Editorial: Inquiry on imam’s death should be concluded quickly

The Detroit News

Now that the state Attorney General’s Office has revealed it has been involved since February in the investigation of the shooting incident that led to the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah being conducted by the U.S. Justice Department, we urge that this investigation, along with the one being run by the Dearborn Police, be concluded as soon as possible.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, it stepped in when Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined. The Attorney General’s Office released a letter from the FBI saying it can’t close out its investigation until it receives an opinion from a local prosecutor.

Worthy said her office took a pass when the government said some documents would not be released. Any pertinent documents should be made available to the attorney general.

Abdullah, previously known as Christopher Thomas, was shot in October in a Dearborn warehouse during an FBI sting operation. The FBI said its agents shot after Abdullah fired and killed an FBI dog. An autopsy indicates Abdullah was hit 20 times.

Questions have been raised about the incident. The Detroit News recently reported that in 1980 Abdullah reached for a gun and was involved in a struggle with a Livonia Police officer, so he does have a history of being aggressive toward law enforcement.

Still, continuing unease about the shooting should prompt all of the parties to wrap up their inquiries quickly.


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