Muslim group claims cops mistreated Santa Clara man

Muhammad Moneeb

SANTA CLARA — More than a dozen police officers armed with assault rifles and pistols stormed into a Santa Clara man’s front yard in late March, used a battering ram to bust into his house and ransacked the place looking for property they never found.

His alleged crime? Possession of a stolen $275 dashboard camera.

A judge last week dismissed the charges. But police still defend the heavily armed raid as appropriate.

A civil rights group, however, suspects another reason for the raid and subsequent felony prosecution: The suspect, Mohammad Moneeb, is Muslim. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has scheduled a Tuesday news conference to highlight the case as an example of what it says are excessive and unfair police tactics, followed by overzealous prosecution.

“I’m afraid an unconscious fear of Muslims has infiltrated our local police departments,” said Brice Hamack, a spokesman for the anti-discrimination group. “This whole situation was quite bizarre, inappropriate and excessive.”

The convoluted case stems from a dispute between Moneeb’s uncle and the victim, Muhammad Choudhry, who is also Muslim, over what happened to the 7-inch dashboard camera. The clash began after the uncle crashed a car he subleased from the victim. When the car owner complained to police that Moneeb ended up with the camera, police showed up unannounced at Moneeb’s tidy bungalow after midnight Feb. 10 to interview him. The raid occurred about six weeks later…

…”We stand by the case,” said Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke…

“What happened here is the raw use of police power,” said Mayfield, who has defended other Muslims in civil liberties cases. “Despite the facts, they seemed convinced he might be a terrorist.”

But Harman said it was Moneeb’s “uncooperative attitude, not his ethnicity” that raised suspicions when police arrived at his door at about 1:15 a.m. Feb. 10 to ask about the camera. “It is very unusual for a fellow cop not to have been helpful,” she said [Moneeb is an officer with the Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security]…

Read the whole thing yourself, but it sounds like more whining Muslims.  Theft is theft and should the police visit over theft, one should be co-operative.  With CAIR involved we will hear about endlessly. 

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  • Maggat

    I agree with the last two sentences, but, over a dash cam, and at 0115? That is a bit much.

    • Frau Katze

      The article says the police suspected more than the dashcam, but declined to give further details.

      So we just don’t know the whole story. Maybe I shouldn’t have posted it given the vagueness,

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        “Despite the facts, they seemed convinced he might be a terrorist.” He probably is, they just didn’t get this time.

        • Lilly Him

          He works for law enforcement also, not one bit a terrorist. He works, pay taxes, abide by law more than most people. He even volunteers his personal time to help others in need. This is a very good man being mistreated!!!

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            Do you have a link. This is a relatively old post. Are you following me?

          • lilly

            Not follow you, but correcting your unproven speculation of a really good man.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            Then why didn’t you direct your comment to others on this site. And you’re not providing any proof. I think you’re a troll.

    • Minicapt

      The Police may have an agreement with CAIR to maximise apparent offence when a Mohammedan is involved. It reduces the energy costs to CAIR when maximal dudgeon is necessary.


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  • Rosenmops

     Moneeb is an officer with the Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security…

    He is probably crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Want to smuggle in an extra wife or a dirty bomb? Moneed is your man. Muslims should never be put in a position of trust.