Chelsea bomb suspect sued local police claiming discrimination and persecution for Muslim beliefs
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, a chicken restaurant.
According to the DailyMail, 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.”
Another lawsuit between the family and the city was about their fried chicken business that was open 24 hours a day. They claimed the city persecuted their business because it was run by Muslims and noise complaints were all “baseless.”