Jim Kouri
CAIR continues legal and propaganda assault on counterterrorists
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By Jim Kouri
February 10, 2010

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) on Monday applauded the resolution from the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners calling "for objective scrutiny and resolution to the fatal shooting of Cleric Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah," which took place on October 28 of last year in Dearborn.

According to the FBI Abdullah, who is also known as Christopher Thomas, regularly preached anti-government rhetoric, and that some of his followers converted to Islam while in prison.

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners on February 4 voiced concerns about a series of events, including the FBI-led sting operation, which led to Abdullah's fatal shooting and a warrantless entry into a mosque by the Detroit Police Department officers assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri testified before the board about community concerns regarding the Detroit Police Department's involvement as part of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force in the raids on the day of Abdullah's death.

Masri also said CAIR-MI has not received a response to a letter written to the mayor of Detroit and copied to the Detroit police chief on December 21, 2009, requesting a thorough and expeditious investigation into a warrantless entry of Masjid Al-Haqq in which officers reportedly entered with guns brandished while worshipers were praying.

"We welcome the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners resolution calling for objective scrutiny into the protocols and conduct of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force on the day of the cleric's death," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "Such calls help to restore public trust in law enforcement, especially when coming from commissioners who have oversight over a law enforcement entity."

As previously reported in The Examiner, ( http://www.examiner.com/x-2684-Law-Enforcement-Examiner~y2009m10d28-Detroit-Islamic-leader-killed-during-gun-battle-with-fedsFederal ) agents police officers working on a counterterrorism task force in Detroit, Michigan reported that during a gun battle they shot and killed the Imam of a radical Islamic group. Agents say the gunfight began after Luqman Ameen Abdullah refused to surrender and face various criminal charges.

Abdullah is the spiritual leader of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years, and known to be armed. According to the report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI was in the midst of arresting Abdullah and 10 of his followers on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms.

According to a preliminary report obtained by NACOP, Abdullah was killed while exchanging gunfire with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.

Abdullah was the leader of part of an group of Islamists who call themselves Ummah ("the brotherhood"), a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam that seeks to establish a separate Sharia-law governed state within the United States.

The Ummah is ruled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, a 1960s radical and Black Panther who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer in Georgia.

As detailed in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint that was unsealed, Abdullah has espoused the use of violence against law enforcement, and has trained members of his group in use of firearms and martial arts in anticipation of some type of action against the government. Abdullah and other members of this group were known to carry firearms and other weapons.

In 2000, Sheriff's deputies Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English went to (H. Rap Brown's) al-Amin's home to serve an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic citation of speeding and impersonating a police officer. al-Amin opened fire with a .223 rifle and English was hit four times. Kinchen was shot with the rifle and a 9mm handgun.

The following day, Kinchen died of his wounds in a Georgia hospital. English survived his wounds and identified al-Amin as the shooter from six photos he was shown while recovering in the hospital.

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