Minnesota Muslims Stand with Justice for Jamar Clark
By Community Letter, Engage Minnesota
We, the undersigned Minnesota mosques, Muslim organizations, activists and leaders stand in solidarity and support with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the NAACP-Minneapolis, faith communities and others calling for justice for Jamar Clark.
On November 13th, 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot in the head, while allegedly handcuffed, by Minneapolis police. He died three days later.
There is a pattern of police brutality against communities of color in Minnesota and across the nation. According to a November 2015 article in The Atlantic, the City of Minneapolis “paid out $14 million for alleged police misconduct” between 2006 and 2012. It further states, “Despite that staggering sum, reviews very rarely found police had done anything wrong. Partly in response, Police Chief Janeé Harteau created a conduct-review office…In its first 439 cases, not a single one ended with an officer being disciplined. In 2014, 943 complaints were filed against the Minneapolis Police Department….” See: How Did Jamar Clark Die?
As people of conscience and as people of faith, we find these events deeply troubling. They offend our sense of justice and fairness. Prophet Muhammad, upon him peace and blessings, stressed on all Muslims the Islamic teaching of standing up for justice when he said:
“Whosoever of you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his speech; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.”
This letter is in solidarity and support of nonviolent, peaceful calls for justice and fairness for Jamar Clark and all people of color.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the NAACP-Minneapolis, faith communities and community leaders asked for full transparency and requested government officials to release video surveillance from the scene that may corroborate eyewitness testimony. The video has not been released. We echo the request that the surveillance video be released immediately.
We also echo the call for the appointment of a special prosecutor and demand that the police officers involved in the death of Jamar Clark be prosecuted without involving a grand jury, given that over 97% of cases involving police killings end without an indictment.
We urge all Muslim leaders to be strong allies in standing for justice. We ask all Minnesota mosques to devote a Friday sermon to addressing police brutality and violence against people of color.
Finally, we pray for justice for Jamar Clark, an end to police brutality and for peace and tranquility in our beloved state of Minnesota.
Al Amal School, Fridley
American Muslims for Palestine
Brooklyn Park Islamic Center
Building Blocks of Islam
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota
Darul Arqam Center of Excellence, Blaine
Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Minneapolis
Global Somali Diaspora
Imam Hussain Islamic Center, Brooklyn Center
Islamic Center of Minnesota, Fridley
Islamic Civic Society of America/Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, Minneapolis
Islamic Community Center of Minnesota/Masjid Al-Iman, Minneapolis
Islamic Resource Group
Ja’afari Islamic Center, Brooklyn Park
Masjid Al-Ansar Islamic Community Center, Brooklyn Center
Masjid an Nur, Minneapolis
Minnesota Dawah Institute/Islamic Dawah Center, St. Paul
Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community
Muslim American Society, Minnesota
Northwest Islamic Community Center/Masjid Al Kareem, Plymouth
Imam Abdisalam Adam
Imam Mohammed Dukuly
Imam Makram El-Amin
Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf
Anse Tamara Gray
Imam Sharif Abdirahman Mohamed
Imam Hassan Mohamud
Amber D Michel
Asma Mohammed Nizami
Imam Sa’eed Purcell
Dr. Tamim Saidi
Imam Asad Zaman
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