2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents

October 28, 2018 all-day

On October 28, 2014 shot and killed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Dearborn by during a sting operation.

Although neither Abdullah nor any of his congregants were charged with terrorism related crimes during that sting, the prior infiltration of his mosque by FBI informants was shaped through the narrow focus of viewing the Muslim community through the lens of national security.

The sequence of events which led to the death of Abdullah continues to remind many of the history and negative ramifications of law enforcement viewing entire communities as perpetual threats or de facto fifth columns.

Geri Alumit Zeldes, a MSU faculty member, would later make a documentary about the events, called The Death of an Imam, available via the MSU Libraries.

Source : Dawud Walid (Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI)), “In 5 years since killing of Dearborn imam, what have we learned?”, Detroit News Blog, October 29, 2014.

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