Detroit police facing lawsuit over alleged wrongful arrest

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The Detroit Police Department has been hit with another lawsuit.

CAIR Michigan filed a lawsuit against two DPD officials for making an arrest for no probable reason and for harboring anti-Islamic feelings.

The footage from the body camera was shared exclusively with Channel 7. CAIR says the footage shows the problematic arrest, including the following exchange:

DPD representative Donald Owens “Muslims lie a lot. “
Unknown DPD officer: “Mmmm hmmm …”
DPD Officer Donald Owens: “They control you … as if you feel like … you … you … you have no say if you are a woman …”
Unknown DPD officer: “… especially women.”
DPD Officer Donald Owens: “… You are not in charge … how you do what we tell you.”

Last year, on September 26, officers Owens and Nathanial Mullen responded to an emergency call in northwest Detroit. Upon arrival, three men said they had been attacked by their housewife. At the same time, the woman says she was attacked.

CAIR Michigan prosecutor Amy Doukoure says the three men were arrested without proper investigation for no probable reason and based on Officer Owens’ Muslim bias, in clear violation of rights.

“The arrest order came after saying that he really didn’t know what was going on, that he would have everyone arrested and someone else take care of it downtown,” says Doukoure.

Dawud Walid, Executive Director of CAIR Michigan, says this is a deeply rooted problem within the force and a solution needs to be found.

“There are black police officers who are prejudiced against other blacks because of their religious characteristics, and that is highly problematic,” says Walid.

DPD responded with the following statement:

The media release of the lawsuit itself is the first to report the alleged wrongdoing. This sparked an investigation that will be carefully examined by Internal Affairs. Chief White ensures that the community is thoroughly researched.

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