They say the best defense is a good offensive, right? Prior to detonating explosives in an attempt to cause mass death and destruction in New Jersey and New York over the weekend, the perpetrator, Ahmad Khan Rahami, had sued New Jersey police in 2011…for profiling Muslims.
Via The Gateway Pundit (quoting Raw Story)
Ahmad Rahami reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against police in his hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey alleging discrimination and “selective enforcement.”
Ahmad, 28, his father Mohammad Sr, 53, and his brother Mohammad, brought a lawsuit against the city in 2011 in Newark federal court, claiming that Elizabeth residents abused them regularly. The suit alleges “discrimination,” “false arrest” and “abuse of process” that humiliated them and hurt their business.
According to the Daily Mail, the family has owned the chicken restaurant since 2002 and allegedly experienced bigotry from the beginning. The suit blames them for a “reckless disregard and deliberate indifference for plaintiff’s constitutional rights of liberty, due process and equal protection.”
It also claims officers said there was “too much crime around here’ and that the area around the restaurant was ‘known for criminal activity.”
To quote more of the details from the Daily Mail: Ahmad said in a lawsuit that cops in Elizabeth subjected his and his family to discrimination and ‘selective enforcement’ based on their religion. The family claimed that police tried to shut down their chicken restaurant, called First American, too early each night with ‘baseless’ tickets and summonses.
The lawsuit reveals that Ahmad has a long history of grievances with city officials, their local police force and people who lived close to them.
From April 2009 for two years they allege that they were unfairly targeted for staying open past 10pm despite being permitted to do so. The lawsuit says that the police had a ‘reckless disregard and deliberate indifference for plaintiff’s constitutional rights of liberty, due process and equal protection’. The Elizabeth police department allegedly ’embarked on a course to harass, humiliate, retaliate against and force their business to close at 10pm’. The lawsuit claims that the officers told them there was ‘too much crime around here’ and that the area around the restaurant was ‘known for criminal activity’.
The court documents confirm that Ahmad was arrested for obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, although they do not specify when or what the outcomes were.
Ya think he was actually the victim in this case? The lawsuit appears to have gone absolutely nowhere, and considering his “radical” behavior, it’s a safe bet the chance of that is pretty close to zero.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]