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Published on Feb 1, 2010
An autopsy report released on February 1st, 2010 prompted renewed calls for an independent federal investigation into the death of a local mosque leader, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, during an FBI raid in October.
Abdullah was shot 21 times during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse, according to the report. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.
FBI agents have said they were justified in shooting Abdullah because he opened fire during their raid on a stolen-goods operation.
Agents said an FBI dog was killed, prompting them to return fire. Only four of the more than 20 agents at the scene fired shots, said a person familiar with the investigation.
But some claim the FBI unfairly targeted Abdullah, and the shooting wasn't justified -- allegations U.S. Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers mentioned in a Jan. 13 letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Abayomi Azikiwe of the Michigan Emergency Committee against War sees Abdullah's death "a targeted assassination."
In this segment of For My People, Azikiwe talks to Ron Scott about Abdullah's murder, the arrest of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Christmas Day, and its meaning for black Muslims.