AG Cox Investigating Shooting Of Imam

Published On: Oct 30 2012 12:40:06 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2010 07:32:29 AM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -

The Michigan Attorney General has named a special prosecutor to review the fatal shooting of a local Muslim leader.

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was fatally shot by federal agents during an October raid on a suspected stolen goods operation in Dearborn.

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FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Office Andrew Arena has said his agents acted appropriately. Other Muslim and community leaders have accused the officers of using excessive force and questioned the series of events.

Monday, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has declined to get involved in the case, so Cox has named Doug Baker as a special assistant attorney general to review the incident.

According to Cox, Baker will investigate the FBI and its roll in the shooting to determine if the agents violated any state laws.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said her office did not investigate because it was told it could not receive certain information.

"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office was told shortly after the shooting of Imam Abdullah that there were certain documents that we would not receive because they were classified," Worthy said in a statement. "We always want to conduct a thorough investigation, and it would have been irresponsible for us to do so without all of the existing information."

The FBI has reportedly forwarded files to the Attorney General's Office. Cox said he is also waiting for a report from the Dearborn Police Department.

Muslim leaders have questioned the use of informants and said one FBI informant led Abdullah to the Dearborn warehouse where he was shot and killed. They also question the sequence of how things happened because autopsy pictures show that Abdullah was handcuffed at the scene.

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