Suit filed on 3rd anniversary of Imam’s death
By Marcus Wright
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — The family of a Detroit Imam killed by federal agents filed a lawsuit Oct. 26 in United States Eastern District Court of Michigan Southern Division.
Four FBI agents shot Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah 21 times, killing him in a “terrorism task force” raid Oct. 28, 2009.
The filed court documents charge the FBI with “wrongful death” and “violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”
According to the lawsuit, an FBI K-9 “repeatedly attacked and mauled Abdullah’s face, causing severe injuries to his forehead, upper eyelid, left cheek, lower lip lower jaw and both hands.”
“The K-9 tore off a denture device in the roof of Abdullah’s mouth and caused Abdullah’s upper jaw to break.”
Abdullah defended himself against the dog, was shot, denied medical attention and, as a result, died, the court papers allege.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) Executive Director Dawud Walid said the organization had decided to withhold comment about the complaint. However, CAIR sent the press statement about the lawsuit.
Attorneys Shereef H. Akeel and Charles Swift had not returned press inquires by deadline.