CAIR-LA Files Suit against Use of Excessive Force


Anaheim, CA: A CAIR-LA press release states: On Friday October 9, 2015 the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 77-year-old Egyptian American who was forcibly restrained, searched, injured, and detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Los Angeles International Airport on February 21, 2014.
The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with the Law Office of Shafiel Karim, alleges violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, in addition to violations under the Federal Tort Claims Act, was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of Dr Abdul Salem, a 77-year-old Egyptian American professor and playwright. The lawsuit also alleges negligence by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics who were called to the scene to treat Dr Salem.
“The actions taken by Customs and Border Protection officers were unwarranted, excessive, and a serious abuse of power,” said CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy.
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