Canada: Questions raised after Muslim killed by police bullet
- Questions raised after Muslim killed by police bullet
Last updated Dec 8 2005 03:40 PM EST
Members of Montreal's Muslim community are raising
serious questions after a man was shot dead during a
scuffle with police.
Hannas Mohamed, 25, was killed last week after
allegedly stabbing a police officer.
Mohamed had just finished morning prayers at the local
mosque and was wearing his traditional robes,
according to friends.
He was on his way home when he came across police.
The officer was stabbed right after he had arrested
another man on suspicion of fraud.
"Many of his friends called me personally to tell me
this is not compatible with the personality of this
man," said Salam El-Menyawi, head of the Muslim
Council of Montreal.
El-Menyawi is meeting with police to find out more
about what happened.
Police won't be able to say much while the case is
under investigation. The Quebec City police force is
investigating the case.
El-Menyawi wants to raise questions about racial
"I'm asking the police department to assure the Muslim
community because this is an issue of real concern,"
he said Thursday.
Officers are currently meeting with Mohamed's father,
who flew in from Morocco to attend his son's funeral.
Like El-Menyawi, he is expressing doubts that his son
would carry a knife and go so far as to harm anyone.