By Imam Abdullah El-Amin, MMNS
It is very seldom that a case involving poor, and what seems to be unimportant people, can garner the amount of attention and interest as has the case of the murder of Imam Luqman Abdullah, the late imam of Masjid Al Haqq in Detroit, Michigan. The chairman of the powerful Judiciary committee in the US House of Representatives, John Conyers, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing, numerous Michigan State Representatives like Bette Cook-Scott, and many civic and community groups like the NAACP and National Action Network are responding to the leadership of CAIR-MI director, Dawud Walid and Ron Scott, head of the Coalition Against Police Brutality. As we reported earlier, this is the â€œmurder that just wonâ€™t dieâ€.
Now the Attorney General of Michigan, Mike Cox, who is trying to get support for a run for governor, has called for a special investigation of the case and has call in Doug Baker, a former Wayne County Prosecutor, to review whether the FBI acted appropriately in the shooting of Imam Abdullah who was shot a minimum of 21 times and then handcuffed as he lay dead on the ground. The imam had a gunshot wound to the back also and it is speculated by many that he was shot in the back as he lay handcuffed on the ground. That could only be the action of a demented person if it happened as speculated. Of course the FBI will give no details.
Mr. Baker will investigate the FBI to see if any state laws were broken by Federal law officers which could potentially lead to serious charges such as murder. Baker has often been described as a very tenacious prosecutor and has a number of high-profile cases under his belt. He was the prosecutor who successfully tried the case of two Caucasian police officers accused of the brutal killing Malice Green in Detroit. Community members watching the case are wondering if that same tenacity will be utilized in this case.
Other than his interest in becoming Michiganâ€™s next governor, people are wondering why Republican Mike Cox is so interested in the case now. It is well known that in the past he has shown his indifference to issues important to the community. A case in point is the investigation of former Detroit mayor Kilpatrick involving an alleged party at the mayorâ€™s residence where a stripper lady who was reported to have danced there was later found slain.
The official reason for the State of Michiganâ€™s involvement is because the office of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined to investigate the case. On the surface that looks bad for Ms. Worthy but actually it seems the justice Department, particularly the FBI, has been as close-mouthed with the prosecutorâ€™s office as it has been with the rest of the community. Prosecutor Worthy has said her office could not get any documents because they were classified. According to her it would have been irresponsible to conduct an investigation without the pertinent information.
We know that sometimes events happen that we have no explanation for. We know that ALLAH allowed this atrocity to happen â€“ but ultimately for a good cause. As the case continues to unfold, we look for the good that we know will be revealed to us. And hopefully we will benefit from it.
As Salaam alaikum
(Al Hajj) Imam Abdullah El-Amin