From editorial board of The Michigan Citizen, edition October 10th – October 16th, 2010
Conyers must act
The coalition of community, civil rights and justice activitists are calling on U.S. Rep. John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to conduct hearings on the FBI shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah.
For an agency of the federal government to infiltrate an organization – religious or civic – to see if illegal activities are planned is reprehensible. In a country that gives lip service to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” such a policy of infiltration or set-up should be illegal in and of itself.
Did the Imam get shot in retaliation for shooting the agents’ dog? Is a human life exchangeable for a dog’s under any circumstances?
Were their puncture wounds – as photos on page four indicate – or not? Why would the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Michigan – regardless of how much he despises people of color – cover up what Mike Cox appears to be covering up?
There are too many questions surrounding the murder of Imam Abdullah. We look to elected representatives to begin the public process of airing events surrounding his tragic death. Congressman Conyers, hold hearings in Detroit and do it quickly. Justice demands it.