Many questions still in fatal shooting of Imam

Nine months after the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah (shot 21 times including twice in the back), there are still many answered questions regarding his death and the continued lack of transparency from law enforcement agencies.

Here is a summarized timeline of events:

*Imam Luqman Abdullah killed in Dearborn warehouse – October 28,2009

*American Muslim Taskforce (umbrella organization of almost every major American Muslim group) called for independent investigation into Abdullah’s death – November 4, 2009


*Letter sent to Department of Justice Civil Rights Division signed by CAIR-MI, ACLU-MI, National Lawyers Guild, Congress of Arab-American Organizations (CAAO), Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality,& the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) asking them to inquire into a series of unanswered questions pertaining to Abdullah’s killing – November 16, 2009


*Dearborn Police announce that they asked Wayne County Medical Examiner to suppress autopsy report of Abdullah – 12/9/10


*Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) sends letter to U.S. Attorney General Holder asking for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to conduct an independent review of the Imam Luqman case and for DOJ to review its practice of using confidential informants – January 13, 2010


*NAACP and Muslim Advocates send letter to AG Holder asking for independent investigation and questioning usage of informants – February 11, 2010


*Doug Baker named by MI Attorney General Mike Cox to be special investigator into Imam Luqman killing after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declines to take case due to FBI not providing information she requested – April 12, 2010


*Metro Detroit religious leaders send letter to President Obama asking him to direct AG Holder to hold independent investigation – May 15, 2010


*Dearborn police conclude probe into death of Imam Luqman, which began directly after his death.  Dearborn Police never released investigative results to the public – May 20, 2010


*NAACP brings forth resolution on floor of national convention in Kansas City relating to the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman – July 13, 2010

*Numerous Freedom of Information Act requests were filed by CAIR-MI to various entities of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force (FBI, MI State Police, Wayne Country Sheriff, Dearborn Police & Detroit Police), who were involved in the series of raids on the day of Abdullah’s demise.  All requests including requests for video surveillance footage in the warehouse were denied.  AG Cox’s office has also denied FOIA’s.

The only FOIA’s granted (not to CAIR-MI) were from ACLU-MI to Dearborn confirming that emergency medical assistance was not called after Abdullah’s shooting and to FOX 2 news regarding the necropsy report of the FBI canine, which did not show what caliber bullet killed the canine.


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