Justice Dept. to open Metro Detroit civil rights office
Robert Snell / The Detroit News
The Department of Justice will announce Wednesday it is creating a civil rights unit for the Detroit region.
The move comes at a time of thorny relations among police agencies and a Muslim civil rights group that has sued for information related to the killing of a Detroit mosque leader, who died during a shootout with the FBI.
Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights division, will make the announcement at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Detroit along with U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit.
Last month, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against the Detroit and Dearborn police departments. The group also has sued the Michigan State Police, which was part of a task force that conducted raids that led to the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah at a Dearborn warehouse in October.
Abdullah was shot 20 times by FBI agents after he allegedly fired a weapon and killed an FBI dog.
The gunfire occurred during an attempted arrest in connection with an indictment involving dealing in stolen goods and other alleged crimes.