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ADC Commends DOJ-CRD on Decision to Review Imam Shooting

Washington, D.C. | February 3, 2010 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) commends the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ-CRD) on its decision to begin the investigative process into the shooting death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah by FBI agents in Detroit in October of 2009. The Imam was shot 21 times by FBI agents during a raid in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, The Honorable John Conyers, in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, requested a separate independent review by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The full text of the letter from Congressman Conyers can be read here.

ADC Michigan (ADC-MI) Regional Director and Senior National Advisor, Mr. Imad Hamad, said, “ADC-MI is encouraged by the decision of the DOJ CRD to begin the investigative process into this matter. We hope that this investigative process is conducted amicably and all the facts are made public.” Hamad also stressed that, “ADC-MI will coordinate with the local Federal leadership to ensure that dialogue between both the Community and the Federal agencies are not foreclosed despite the seriousness of this incident.”
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NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.

The ADC Research Institute (ADC-RI), which was founded in 1981, is a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization that sponsors a wide range of programs on behalf of Arab Americans and of importance to all Americans.
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