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Suit Santa Clara cops mistreated Muslim customs agent in raid

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2015
Muhammad Moneeb, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, said police, acting on a baseless accusation, were armed with assault rifles and accompanied by dogs when they used a battering ram on March 27, 2014, to break down the door of the home on Lincoln Street he shared with his parents. During the military-style raid, police left the familys copy of the Quran and other religious writings on the floor, took pictures of framed religious calligraphy prints written in Arabic and squeezed out toiletries, said the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose. They went out of their way to destroy this particular house, said the familys attorney, Michael Haddad. Theyre looking for a camera, and they squeezed out all the toothpaste from the tube and removed all the wax from the deodorant. No ones hiding a camera in there. This whole law enforcement response was overkill and made no sense. ... Moneeb his father, Muhammad Ikram an agricultural specialist with the customs agency and mother, Hazakat Ikram, said they were mistreated because they are Muslim Pakistani Americans.

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