Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Justice Department clears FBI in imam shooting

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit—No federal crimes were broken when four FBI agents killed a Detroit mosque leader during a raid last year, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released Wednesday.

The report comes almost two weeks after Attorney General Mike Cox's office issued a similar finding, saying the agents were justified and broke no laws in shooting Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah.

The 17-page report comes almost one year after an Oct. 28 raid at a Dearborn warehouse that ended with Abdullah shot 20 times by FBI agents after he allegedly fired a weapon and killed an FBI dog.

"Hopefully it will dispel some of the rumors and myths," said Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit. "Listen, some people out there are never going to be satisfied. I realize that and there's nothing I can do about it."

The gunfire took place during an attempted arrest in connection with an indictment involving stolen goods and other alleged crimes.

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez met with Abdullah's family today to discuss the findings.

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