The family of the terrorist who carried out yesterday’s attempted bombing in New York slammed the police investigation into the attack. The criticisms were made in a statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for CAIR New York read in a statement from the attacker’s family. “Our family like all families is committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers,” the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.
“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as four years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned,” the statement continued. “One teenage relative was pulled out of high school classes and interrogated without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system, and we hope to see better in the days and weeks to come. We also ask the press to respect our privacy and to give our family time to grieve this horrific development.”
Police have not addressed the allegations, nor is it known who the teenager and child referenced are.
CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. The group is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and was listed by the FBI as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
Learn more about CAIR by reading Clarion’s CAIR Factsheet.