WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department
said Wednesday that FBI agents acted properly when they shot
and killed a Detroit Muslim cleric who brandished a gun and
fired at them as they tried to arrest him last year.
FBI agents tried to arrest Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah on
charges of trafficking in stolen property, illegal possession
of firearms and other charges, along with some of his suspected
associates at a warehouse in Dearborn, Michigan, the Justice
Abdullah initially tried to escape but was cornered by
dozens of FBI agents. He waved a 9mm handgun and fired three
shots at a police dog that had grabbed his arm and at nearby
agents, according to a 17-page report released Wednesday.
With concerns by local Muslim leaders that the agents used
excessive force, the Justice Department's civil rights division
reviewed the shooting, checked surveillance tapes, interviewed
agents at the scene and examined other evidence.
"After a thorough and rigorous investigation ... the Civil
Rights Division has concluded that the evidence does not reveal
a violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes or
warrant further federal criminal investigation," the report
Muslim groups had called for independent investigations
into the shooting death of Abdullah, questioning why he had
been shot nearly two dozen times and handcuffed after being
The complaint filed in federal court in 2009 against
Abdullah described him as a leader of a "nationwide radical
fundamentalist Sunni group" that wanted to create a separate
Islamic state within the United States.
The FBI must still conduct its own administrative inquiry
into the incident.
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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