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Cover-Up In Imam's Slaying?

Saying the FBI won't hand over certain documents related to the shooting death of Detroit imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has declined to investigate the incident, prompting some serious concern from the Detroit Free Press about the feds' motives...

Why would the FBI deny potential evidence to another law enforcement agency investigating the case? Classified documents generally involve high levels of national security that don't apply here, by any stretch. Nor does the Abdullah case involve foreign governments or — at least officially — terrorism.

What's going on?

Damn good question.

I still think it's only fair to withhold official judgement, but honestly, the feds' behavior around this incident seems to get weirder by the day.

I mean, first there was the way the FBI announced the fatal October shooting, heavily emphasizing Abdullah's history of incendiary remarks about government and religion without ever connecting them to why agents were investigating him for fencing stolen goods. Then there was the FBI's request for delays in the release of the imam's autopsy report. And now the refusal to give the prosecutor key documents to aid her investigation?

Will Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who's slated to investigate in lieu of the county prosecutor's office, run into similar lack of cooperation from the feds? Looks like it...

In their letter, the FBI also said that Cox should not release any information on the case to the outside parties, including those made under state sunshine, or FOIA, laws.

Sellek said that Cox's office would have to follow state laws pertaining to FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act.

Our government should either confirm those suspicions or do much more to put them to rest. This bizarre uncooperativeness does nothing to help.

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    We expect law enforcers to operate in sunshine, not shadows, unless they establish a credible need for secrecy at a court hearing or closed judicial conference.
    I also want to tiptoe carefully and fairly, but am reminded of a tense, tumultuous time for our country four decades ago when it wasn't always clear who to trust and believe. In that climate, two members of a radical anti-government group were fatally shot during a predawn raid by 14 police officers at a first-floor flat on Chicago's west side.
    Those killed Dec. 4, 1969 were Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22. A federal investigation showed that one shot came from the Panthers, while police fired at least 82 times.
    Yes, October's raid here is quite different. And yes, 19 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition reportedly were in the Panthers' apartment.

    But each case involves public faith in how laws are upheld on our behalf.

  • 2

    In the Black community in this nation we do not have the expectation of our crimimal justice system like white folks like Alan..

    I am not going to tip toe around the obvious clearly if the Iman would have painted his face face he could have passed as a Hunatree and lived another day.

    Like the Black Panthers our criminal justice system does not treat all equally..The FBI of course has a long history of contempt for Black folks from MLK to Black Panthers and now Inam that have a hue like you and me..

    In the present criminal justice system if you are a Black person viewed as a terrorist your fate will be treated differently just look at this outcome..

    Criminals get due process Black terrorists get dead public faith in our criminal laws has nothing to do ...

  • 3

    The Detroit News also wants to know what's going on, as an April 15 editorial says:

    "Any pertinent documents should be made available to the attorney general. . . . Continuing unease about the shooting should prompt all of the parties to wrap up their inquiries quickly."

  • 4

    Goosh I feel so much safer now knowing the Detroit News has offered up a token editorial..

    Truth is many news organizations and journalists have conspired with the government in violating the rights of to many activists and others right here in good ole America..

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