couple of reads about FBI agents and the use
of deadly force
1.http://m.hanover.wickedlocal.com/articl ... /151219576
Massachusetts FBI agent Callahan publishes
new book. Thr book makes a perfect xmas gift
in Feguson Missouri.
Former FBI agent pens book about legal use of deadly force
Former FBI agent John Michael Callahan published his second book in August about the use of deadly force as a law enforcement officer. Wicked Local Staff Photo / Kaila Braley
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at 4:53 AM
“Officers sign up to protect and serve, not to die. They have families, and the right to go home at night,” former FBI agent John Michael Callahan.
Callahan, now retired, published his second book about deadly force in August titled “Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer.” The book chronicles numerous investigations, court cases and scientific studies dealing
Did Memphis police officer Earl Clark use the required
amount of deadly force when he assassinated Martin Luther King
for FBI Director Hoover?
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Jowers said that he hired Memphis police Lieutenant Earl Clark to fire the fatal ... in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr... the Mafia, local, ...
How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.
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King saw the Memphis sanitation workers' strike as the beginning of a nonviolent ..... said he received at his back door from Earl Clark right after the shooting.
3.http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/m ... /30619475/
Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers
Jul 27, 2015
More than five years after the FBI's shooting death of a Muslim leader in Dearborn, his family is still trying to find out what happened and the names of those who shot him during a sting operation, maintaining there was a cover-up by federal authorities.
This month, the family asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.
Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, of Detroit, was struck 20 times on October 28, 2009, inside a Dearborn warehouse as part of an undercover counterterrorism operation investigating what the FBI said were his extremist views and trafficking in stolen goods.
Supporters of Abdullah and some civil rights advocates called it overkill in the war on terrorism while the FBI said its agents acted properly in shooting him dead. Involving surveillance and informants, the case has drawn widespread attention in the debate over how to balance civil liberties and national security after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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According to the FBI, Abdullah opened fire on the FBI's police dog that their agents had sicced on him after he refused to surrender, prompting four federal agents to return fire with 20 bullets that killed the leader of a Detroit mosque. Three investigations - by Dearborn Police, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and the U.S. Dept. of Justice - said the FBI did not violate any laws in the shooting.
But in a series of legal filings over the past two years that came out of a 2012 lawsuit, attorneys representing the estate of Abdullah challenge that view, saying that Abdullah was not armed and never fired at agents.They said in an amended complaint that the Detroit FBI "engaged in a concerted effort to manipulate and conceal the evidence concerning the brutal death of Abdullah."
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Paul Zatkoff and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Ohio both have dismissed the lawsuit, saying that it failed to specify who they are suing within the three-year statue of limitations. They ruled that the FBI didn't conceal what happened.
In February, a three-judge panel with the Sixth Circuit Court agreed with Zatkoff's ruling last year, and in April the court denied a request for a full hearing.
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In response, Abdullah's estate filed a petition on July 9th with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to consider their case.
Abdullah's family, which includes his wife and ten children, said the case was dismissed on minor technicalities and that they should have their day in court.
"The family has not been able to get to the truth of what exactly happened," said Shereef Akeel, co-counsel for the estate of Abdullah. "We never had an opportunity to find out...The court is the best place to find out, but the court doors have been closed to the Luqman family to determine what happened. We want to open the doors."
Akeel said that with renewed attention over the past year to the deaths of African-Americans by law enforcement, there should a thorough review of what happened to Abdullah, who was African-American.
The petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, called a Writ of Certiorari, is "our last shot," Akeel added. "This is like a Hail Mary pass. Hopefully, finally, the family can get some answers."
One of Abdullah's sons, Omar Regan, said: "We've been fighting in Court for over 5 years and the Government keeps covering it up."
Lena Masri, co-counsel and a staff attorney with the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the "Sixth Circuit Court's ruling is extremely concerning as it allows the government to cover up the facts and identities of those involved in a wrongful killing, and to ultimately escape liability."
Masri had filed FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests with local, state, and federal officials to get the names of the four agents, but was denied. There were 66 agents in total who took part in the take down of Abdullah and his associates.
Detroit FBI spokesman Supervisory Special Agent David Porter and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade, whose office is representing the FBI in the lawsuit, both declined comment.
In their court responses, the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit has denied that the FBI concealed anything in the shooting and was open about what happened in press releases and in the media.
They also say that attorneys for Abdullah's family had failed to specify the names of FBI agents within three years after the Oct. 2009 shooting.
The original lawsuit, filed on Oct. 26, 2012, named "Unidentified FBI Agents" as defendants. In April 2013, it was amended to specify Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI Andrew Arena, who led the operation against Abdullah, George Nikolopoulos, head of the FBI Detroit's SWAT team, and four unidentified FBI agents. The U.S. Attorney's office said that was past the three-year statue of limitations after the 2009 shooting.
Akeel replied that the three-year time limit should not have started until after they found out in 2012 a different version of events through a colleague of Abdullah, Muhammad Abdul Salaam, which gave them a cause of action.
The lawsuit was based on an affidavit of Salaam, who was inside the warehouse at the time of the take-down. Salaam testified that Abdullah wasn't armed and didn't fire at agents.
Salaam said the agents shot Abdullah while he was on his back, trying to protect himself from the police dog tearing his face.
The FBI says Salaam was a close associate of Abdullah and had five previous felony convictions. He was known as "the gun man" for his large stash of weapons, the FBI said in 2009.
Family of Abdullah allege the FBI concealed evidence after the shooting
In the amended complaint filed in April 2013, attorneys for Abdullah's family allege that under orders from the head of the Detroit FBI at the time, Arena, the body of Abdullah was moved after the shooting, a semi-automatic handgun was removed, and local investigators were denied access to the crime scene.
Akeel said Abdullah's fingerprints were never found on any gun at the scene.
"Local police crime scene investigators and medical personnel were denied entry into the warehouse to assess the crime scene and provide medical treatment to Abdullah," wrote Abdullah's attorneys. "An alleged semi‐automatic handgun was allegedly removed from the crime scene and taken to FBI Headquarters. Accordingly,the alleged semi‐automatic handgun was unavailable for forensic analysis by local crime scene investigators."
"The body of Abdullah was already moved to a different location inside the warehouse before local crime scene investigators and the medical examiner were allowed to gain access to the crime scene," read the complaint.
In an additional document filed the next month, attorneys for Abdullah's family said "not only did the FBI withhold evidence, but the FBI concocted a story to the public with a media blitz to blame Abdullah for his own horribly painful death by claiming that Abdullah brandished a handgun and fired in the direction of the FBI Agents."
In their legal response, Assistant U.S. Attorney Theresa Urbanic said that the FBI does "not concede" that the FBI concealed evidence at the crime scene. But even if that were true, she wrote, "these allegations would show only concealment of evidence, not concealment of a cause of action."
The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit point to a press release the FBI put out shortly after the 2009 shooting to show it was not concealing what happened, as well as news articles and a documentary about the shooting by professors at Michigan State University that featured an interview with Arena.
In the documentary, Arena said that he gave the order to release the dog on Abdullah, whom the FBI said had refused to put his hands up and surrender. Arena added that Abdullah had previously threatened violence against law enforcement.
Urbanic also said that Abdullah's family took too long to get information from Salaam. Salaam, who was sent to prison for his role in dealing in stolen goods along with Abdullah, was released from prison in October 2011, and could have been interviewed earlier, she said.
Other Muslim-Americans killed in encounters with FBI since Detroit shooting
Since Abdullah's case, two other Muslim-Americans have been killed in encounters with the FBI. In May 2013, Ibragim Todashev, 27, was killed by a FBI agent when they were questioning him; the FBI said that Todahev, interviewed in connection with one of the Boston Marathon attackers, became violent and lunged at the agent with a pole, according to The Boston Globe.
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Jun 18, 2013 - In most of the shootings, the F.B.I.'s internal investigation was the only official ... the records show, deemed the shooting to have been justified.
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Jun 21, 2013 - It's standard operating procedure for the FBI to conduct an internal investigation when an agent shoots a suspect. Questions are being raised, ...
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Year, Total, Total firearms, Handguns, Rifles, Shotguns, Firearms, type not stated, Knives or cutting instruments, Other dangerous weapons, Personal weapons ...
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Jun 19, 2013 - We're still waiting for the FBI to finish its internal investigation into exactly what happened in an Orlando apartment last month, when an FBI