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The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story

Posted On: 09-20-2017

09/20/2017

Samir Hashmi learned the NYPD may have been surveilling him when he was a student at Rutgers University in Newark and the treasurer of the Muslim Student Association.
( Matt Katz/WNYC )

WNYC: Read full article here

 

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Muslim New Yorkers Now Have Someone Watching the Cops Who Watch Them

Posted On: 07-17-2017

07/17/2017

 

WNYC http://www.wnyc.org/story/muslim-new-yorkers-now-have-someone-watching-cops-who-watch-them/

NYPD Use of Noncommittal ‘Glomar’ Answer Questioned as Transparency Dodge

Posted On: 06-20-2017

06/20/2017

New York Law Jornal: Some in the legal community can neither confirm nor deny that the New York City Police Department’s policy of using the so-called Glomar doctrine as an exemption to open records requests is a good thing. Read More

Muslims fight for places to pray

Posted On: 06-13-2017

06/13/2017

The Record North Jersey:

Around the country, Muslims seeking places to pray say they have faced religious slurs, online attacks and fierce opposition at public hearings. They claim rising anti-Muslim sentiment and fear is driving towns and cities to unfairly deny their applications to build or open mosques by applying unreasonably strict zoning rules to them that they would not require of other faith groups. Read More…

NYPD cites Cold War-era spy precedent in rejecting information request

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06/13/2017

New York Daily News:

The NYPD wants to torpedo a request for information about its surveillance methods by citing a national security argument first employed during the CIA’s construction of a deep sea vessel during the Cold War. Read More

The NYPD is again using the Glomar theory in the FOIL request similarly to our case Abdure Rashid Vs NYPD . Only this time, the NYPD is using it against BLM for their political activities

Posted On: 06-08-2017

06/8/2017

ShadowProof : Here

2017 Updates in blocked Mosque, Yonkers NY

Posted On: 05-04-2017

05/4/2017

The City of Yonkers takes another adverse action against our client, the Islamic Center for Mid-Westchester (ICCMW). This time the city retaliated against ICCMW by revoking its tax-exempt status for filing RUIPLA and constitutional federal claims. On May 17, 2017, OTMLAW filed a leave of court to file an amended complaint to add retaliation claims.

CBS New York: Here
Fox News: Here
NBC News: Here
News 12 Westchester: Here
The Village Voice: Here 

Mosque Is Blocked in New Jersey

Posted On: 03-16-2017

03/16/2017

BAYONNE, N.J. — They thought they had found the perfect place to build the first mosque and Islamic community center in this city’s history: an empty 8,500-square-foot warehouse at the end of a dead-end block, with room on its lot for 37 parking spots.

The New York Times Mosque Is Blocked in New Jersey, but Dispute Is Far From Over

WNYC News Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid Fear of Muslims

NYPD surveillance of Muslims (FOIL Updates) 2017

Posted On: 03-14-2017

03/14/2017

A federal judge has formally approved a settlement that installs a civilian watchdog on an NYPD surveillance panel to protect Muslims from unconstitutional monitoring, the Daily News has learned.

NY Daily News Judge approves settlement to install civilian watchdog on NYPD surveillance of Muslims

New York Law Journal NY Court Taps U S Doctrine

Sireen Hashem Latest news

Posted On: 02-23-2017

02/23/2017

OTMLAW is pleased to announce that Ms. Hashem was handed the first victory in her lawsuit against Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Ms. Hashem filed her complaint last spring. In response to the Defendants’ motion to dismiss, the District Court sustained Sireen Hashem’s claims alleging employment discrimination, disparate treatment, retaliation (which included a false report to the FBI) and discriminatory discharge based on her race, religion and nation origin. Hashem v. Hunterdon, 2016 WL 5539590 (D.N.J. 9- 29-2016).

Law Street Sireen Hashem: Was her Firing Discriminatory?

Huffington Post New Jersey Teacher Says She Was Fired After Showing A Video Of Malala

AlterNet New Jersy School Board offers Obscene Justification for Dismissal of Palestinian Teacher’s Discrimination Lawsuit

NJ Advance Media Palestine is not a nation, N.J. School Board Claims in Court

Symposium on fighting Islamophobia comes to Montclair

Posted On: 01-26-2017

01/26/2017

In light of growing acts of hatred against the Muslim community, the Northern New Jersey Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace will host an event in Montclair this Sunday aimed at reducing and challenging Islamophobia statewide.

The Record (NorthJersey.com) Symposium on fighting Islamophobia comes to Montclair

Cases Seeking Disclosure About NYPD Muslim Surveillance Will Be Heard by Appeals Court

Posted On: 11-28-2016

11/28/2016

The Court of Appeals agreed Monday to hear a case challenging the New York City Police Department’s refusal to acknowledge the existence of records sought under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The New York Law Journal
http://otmlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/11-21-16-NY-Law-Journal-to-Hear-FOIL-and-Glomar-Case.pdf

OTMLAW seeks to protect the RLUIPA by representing ICCMW in this civil lawsuit

Posted On: 09-23-2016

09/23/2016

The City of Yonkers, City Council voting process to designate ICCMW’s property was one of the fastest, and most biased land-marking of a property in Yonkers, New York. The designation targeted ICCMW’s application to build a mosque in the City of Yonkers, based on religion. 
Learn more about this case by checking out the following media articles:

NBC News:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/islamic-community-group-sues-city-alleging-house-made-landmark-stop-n653256

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/21/muslim-group-sues-yonkers-over-house-landmark-designation.html

News 12, Westchester: 
http://westchester.news12.com/news/muslim-group-sues-yonkers-over-alleged-civil-rights-violations-1.12349479

FIOS1 News: 
http://www.fios1news.com/lowerhudsonvalley/planned-yonkers-mosque-lawsuit-sep-22-2016#.V-QF2pUm7q4

NYLJ 100

Posted On: 09-06-2016

09/6/2016

Today we bring to you the latest edition of the NYLJ 100, our annual report ranking firms’ average number of full-time equivalent attorneys in New York state for the 2015 calendar year. Read more http://otmlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NYLJ-100-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf

Can the NYPD Comply With Basic Rules?

Posted On:

09/6/2016

The recent report by Philip K. Eure, the inspector general of the New York City Police Department, solidifies the lack of trust minorities have towards the NYPD. Read more…

The New York Law Journal Here

Judge rejects Paramus man’s claim to police records linked to surveillance of N.J. Muslims

Posted On: 07-26-2016

07/26/2016

A New York judicial panel has ruled that a Paramus man is not entitled to records he believed the NYPD had kept on him during a period of surveillance on New Jersey Muslims. Read more…Here

Muslim Attorneys Navigate Challenges of Ramadan – Featured Article

Posted On: 06-29-2016

06/29/2016

Omar Mohammedi, a civil litigator with The Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, said he tries to take naps between prayers at night and not to draft motions after 4 p.m. “You do that mostly at nights in between prayers”.
This article, which features Omar T. Mohammedi, gives an interesting insight into how Muslim attorneys navigate the challenges of Ramadan. Read more: Muslim Attorneys Navigate Challenges of Ramadan – New York Law Journal

Appellate court sides with NYPD on Muslim surveillance documents

Posted On: 06-26-2016

06/26/2016

The unanimous decision by the judges accepted the department’s so-called Glomar defense—a provision related to federal Freedom of Information Act that allows federal agencies to avoid acknowledging or denying the existence of certain sensitive information if it rises to a level of “harm cognizable” to law enforcement and public safety. Read more…here

Panel Supports City’s Denial of Data on NYPD Surveillance

Posted On: 06-03-2016

06/3/2016

New York Law Journal June 3, 2016 Police properly applied a legal doctrine allowing it to refuse to acknowledge the existence of records, requested under state Freedom of Information Law, that related to surveillance programs, a Manhattan appeals court found.  Read more…http://otmlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Panel- Supports-City-s-Denial- of-Data- on-NYPD-Surveillance- New-York- Law-….pdf

New York State Court Denies Glomar Application on FOIL Case

Posted On: 05-29-2016

05/29/2016

The Court in this case denied the New York City Police Department’s (“NYPD”) motion to dismiss. It argued that the NYPD could not evade its obligation under the Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) by invoking the federal “Glomar Doctrine” exception.

The Court in this case declined to adopt the Glomar doctrine and stated that the decision to adopt the Glomar doctrine is one better left to the State Legislature.

Village Voice: NYPD Can No Longer ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’ Whether It Was Spying on Muslims
The Record: Paramus man wins court victory in surveillance case against NYPD
NY Law Journal: Judge Declines Police Motion to Dismiss FOIL Request
For a copy of the Court Order please click: Hashmi v. New York City Police Dep’t, 46 Misc. 3d 712, 714, 998 N.Y.S.2d 596, 598 (Sup. Ct. 2014)

Sireen Hashem v. Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Posted On: 05-28-2016

05/28/2016

OTMLAW Filed a Prominent Employment Discrimination CaseOTMLAW filed an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim, a Palestinian and an Arab who taught at a NJ High School. The lawsuit alleges, among others discrimination, harassed and retaliated based religion, race, and national origin. She was ultimately terminated. Please log on to the widely media reporting and the CNN interview on this case below. Widespread media reports on this case are listed below:  

Law Street Media –  Sireen Hashem_ Was her Firing Discriminatory

Huffington Post – New Jersey Teacher Says She Was Fired For Being Muslim

NJ.com  –school board called FBI on Muslim Teacher

NJ.com  – Hunterdon Central students react to firing of Teacher 

CNN Video – Muslim teacher suing N.J. school district 

The Daily Beast – Muslim Teacher Fired After Showing Malala Video 

Palestine In America – Sireen Hashem says she was fired from New Jersey Highschool for being Palestinian

Morocco World News Video – New Jersey School Fires Muslim Teacher for Playing Malala Video 

Courthouse News Service – Fired for Being Musllim NJ Teacher Says 

Daily Capital – US_ Muslim Teacher Fired After Showing Malala Video 

International Business Times – New Jersey Teacher Sues School Over Alleged Discrimination 

Omar Mohammedi, Esq. Speaks at Columbia Law School

Posted On: 05-16-2016

05/16/2016

“Islamic Finance and Investment: Contributions to the World Financial System” with Professor Omar Mohammedi
Date: Monday, Sept. 21st, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: WJWH L104

Join MELSA tonight (9/21) in WJWH L104 at 6PM in kicking off its lecture series for the year with an event on Islamic finance and investment. The guest speaker, professor Omar Mohammedi, teaches at Fordham Law and has experience practicing in the area of Islamic finance and Islamic estate planning. He has also served as counsel for several high profile cases revolving around religious freedom and discrimination. Professor Mohammedi will be speaking on his practical experience and the contributions that Islamic Finance has made to the world financial system.

Omar T. Mohammedi Speaks on Building Partnerships For Public Protection

Posted On: 05-15-2016

05/15/2016

On October 13, 2015, Omar Mohammedi spoke at a Human Rights lecture series panel. He discussed the importance for the NYPD to protect New York citizens from crimes or terrorism while preserving constitutional rights of individuals under the law.

Clifford Mulqueen Joins OTMLAW

Posted On: 05-13-2016

05/13/2016

The Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC is pleased to announce that Clifford Mulqueen, Esq. is joining the firm. Mr. Mulqueen is an attorney with over twenty-five years as a member of the New York State Bar. During his career he has obtained a wealth of litigation, management and investigative experience, both as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Kings County District Attorney for eleven years and as the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

During his 14-year tenure as the Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency, including the filing, investigation and prosecution of discrimination claims.

For the entirety of Mr. Mulqueen’s illustrious history in law, click here.

Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid Case FOIL Profiled in The Village Voice

Posted On: 04-29-2016

04/29/2016

Samir Hashmi V. NYPD and Abdur-Rashid cases have been profiled in the latest Village Voice Article. The two Muslim individuals, among many others, have been affected by the controversial surveillance. The New York Police Department (“NYPD”) conducted illegal surveillance against the Muslim community in the past 12 years based on its members’ faith. We filed a Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) requests on behalf of our clients to seek documents on the police secret surveillance of Samir Hashmi, a former member of the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers and Imam Talib, a prominent civil rights leader in New York.  The NYPD responded with a very controversial assertion claiming “cannot confirm or deny the existence of these documents.” This response is only available to the federal agencies such as the CIA in very specific circumstances. This assertion does not exist under FOIL.  By asserting this objection the NYPD wants to build a wall between its operations and judicial scrutiny by not allowing the court to verify if the NYPD assertions are valid or not. The case is before the Appellate Division. These two cases have gained prominence. The decision from the Appellate Division will have a major impact on how the NYPD conducts its operations pursuant to  FOIL principles of open government.    

 

The Village Voice recently published an in-depth article about the issue related to surveillance document retention on innocent people like Samir Hashmi and Imam Abur-Rashid. It is worth reading to find out how the NYPD could significantly affect New Yorkers in their everyday life if the Courts cannot even question the NYPD actions. 
Read all the details of this article from the Village Voice.

Muslims in Criminal Justice

Posted On: 04-20-2016

04/20/2016

Join us at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for an event presented by the Muslim Student Association on Thursday, April 21st, 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Omar Mohammedi will be speaking as a panelist at the event which will cover the topic of Muslims in Criminal Justice.
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The NYPD Can Keep Pretending It Isn’t Spying On Muslims, Court Rules

Posted On: 03-06-2016

03/6/2016

The NYPD has a well-documented record of spying on law-abiding Muslims, and yet refuses to acknowledge even the existence of information that relates to its controversial surveillance program. Read more..http://gothamist.com/2016/06/03/nypd_spies_like_not_us.php

Muslim Bus Driver Wins a Civil Rights Lawsuit 2 Years After Death

Posted On: 04-05-2014

04/5/2014

Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Sandra Townes rejected a MTA motion to dismiss the lawsuit Stephanie Lewis filed in 2004. Lewis was transferred off her bus route and eventually fired for not agreeing to put a NYC Transit division logo on her headscarf due to religious reasons. Read it here.

The family of a Muslim bus driver who battled the MTA for years for the right to wear a head scarf at work won a major legal victory — a year after her death — when a federal judge ruled her civil rights were violated. Stephanie Lewis started driving in 1989, and wore a scarf called a khimar, that matched her blue uniform. Read it here.

Paramus man sues NYPD over Muslim surveillance records

Posted On: 11-27-2013

11/27/2013

The Paramus man was denied, but the response differed from the replies sent by the New York Police Department to other Muslims he knew who also requested surveillance documents. They got letters that police had no such records, while Hashmi got lengthier responses that detailed why police couldn’t supply him with records. Hashmi said it was apparent to him that the police did have files on him.1

Samir Hashmi of Paramus , who was a member of the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers, at a news conference in New York on Tuesday

”I just would like those records expunged,” said  Hashmi, 25. “I really would like to see what activity I did that caused them to be so suspicious. I’ve only been an active Muslim and I’ve never advocated violence at any time. I want peace of mind.”On Tuesday, Hashmi filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against the New York Police Department, demanding it release the documents that pertain to him and the Muslim Student Association. Hashmi spoke about the lawsuit at a news conference Tuesday alongside Harlem Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, who also sued when the department denied information about police surveillance on him.

Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid, flanked by members of civil rights and police reform groups outside NYPD headquarters, called for a stop of “unwarranted surveillance.”

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have maintained that the police surveillance was legal and constitutional and that they collected information that was publicly available to know where terrorists might go to “lie low.” The police used informants, they said, only to follow leads.

Hashmi, a bookkeeper who graduated from college in :zoi i, said he joined the Muslim Student Association to help his community and show a positive side of Islam after the Sept. i i terrorist attacks. He also has been involved as a youth leader at the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson, which was monitored by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes New Jersey and New York police and the FBI. Hashmi was born and raised in New Jersey and his parents are from Pakistan, he said.

In October non, the Associated Press broke news that the NYPD had watched Muslim students at i6 colleges across the Northeast by monitoring websites and emails and using undercover officers and informants to pose as students. The police actions were part of a wider program of surveillance at Muslim houses of worship, businesses and schools that stretched into New Jersey, including Muslim neighborhoods of Paterson and Newark.

New York investigators monitored the Rutgers group online and noted two events that the group was holding in a “weekly MSA report” by the police Intelligence Division’s Cyber Intelligence Unit in November 2oo6, according to police documents obtained by the AP.

In zoog, undercover officers had a safe house in an apartment near the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, which was discovered when the building superintendent entered and found a sparse apartment with computer equipment and literature on terrorists and Islam. He called gii, thinking it was a terrorist cell.

The FBI responded and found that the operation had been monitoring Rutgers University students, the AP reported.

Muslims and student leaders said the surveillance has made people afraid to participate in Muslim groups and student clubs and suspicious of people they don’t know. Hashmi said he has been wary when meeting Muslims for the first time, for fear that they might be informants, and that he is more reluctant to speak up on politics.

Hashmi first submitted his request for information under New York’s Freedom of Information Law in October :zow. It took eight months for the police department to respond, according to the lawsuit, in violation of the mandated no-day response time. He was denied, and his appeal was denied.

When the NYPD did respond, lawyers claimed it was exempt from disclosure, according the lawsuit, filed by the New York City law firm of Omar T. Mohammedi. Reasons provided included that release of the records would result in an unwarranted invasion of privacy; that they failed to “reasonably describe” the records sought; and that the records qualify for public safety exemption and exemption under state or federal statute.

Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid should have access to those documents under the Freedom of Information Law, their lawyer said.

The imam said he learned that he was a target after he viewed a trove of police documents released by the Associated Press online. He was shocked to also find his own name listed in a report in connection to the verdict in the case of Sean Bell, who was shot and killed by New York City police in zoo8, he said. He believes he was targeted because of his political activity.

Ryan Mahoney, president of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said people were being singled out because they were outspoken or critical of policies and police.

“They are targeting leaders in the community for being active and for speaking out for justice,” he said.

Hashmi hopes the lawsuit will end in the release of his records and will draw attention to the impact of police surveillance.

“I hope there is a policy change and this isn’t allowed in the future,” he said. ” I hope they don’t spy on us anymore.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/02/24/paramus-man-continues-fight-police-surveillance-records/98366312/

Muslim Groups Petition For NYPD Records

Posted On: 11-26-2013

11/26/2013

Islamic groups are taking the police department to court over alleged cases of Muslim surveillance. NY1’s Dean Meminger spoke with two men who say officers unlawfully spied on them. He filed the following report.

Members of the Muslim community want to know what the New York City Police Department knows about them .

“We have a right to know how, when and why you’ve been spying on us,” said Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, who is suing the NYPD.

Abdur-Rashid, who is a well-known com m unity activist in the city, and Samir Hashmi, a former student at Rutgers University, say that the police department conducted surveillance on them .

They say that they have seen police documents that list their names and organizations. But what else does the NYPD have on them?

The two men say that under the Freedom of Information Law, they requested copies of intelligence documents, but were denied. Now, they’ve filed a motion in state Supreme Court, trying to get a judge to force the department to turn over the information.

“The NYPD actions are beyond comprehension when they spy on these individuals and many others without any suspicion of a crime, and they refuse to turn over information they have by asserting blanket objections such as public safety and privacy,” said Omar Mohammedi of the Muslim American Lawyers Association.

“I’m curious to see what they are hiding,” Hashmi said. “Obviously, I’m standing here before you, I’ve committed no crime. So what is it that they have on me? I’d really like to know.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wouldn’t s peak about this case because it’s in litigation, but while answering a question about what he’s thankful for, the commissioner did say he has the support of various com m unities.

“Contrary to some people’s opinion, that our relations hips with the com m unities that we serve are strong, that those relations hips s how that strength in polls that are conducted,” he said.

High approval ratings, though, aren’t enough for those who say that the city has violated their civil rights.

The NYPD has consistently argued that it does not spy on Muslims or break any laws, but rather follows leads and tips to potential terrorist activity.

“Well, we say to you that if you have nothing to hide, then release the information that we request,” Abdur-Rashid said.
They say that they plan to keep up the pressure to get those records.

OTMLAW to Defend Samir Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid in Lawsuits Against NYPD

Posted On: 03-24-2013

03/24/2013

OTMLAW represents both Mr. Talib W. Abdur-Rashid and Samir Hashmi in the matter of Abdur Rashid v. NYPD and Hashmi v. NYPD. The two judges presiding over the cases reached conflicting decisions regarding the NYPD’s assertion of Glomar theory in response to the two men’s FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests.

Oral argument on both cases was held on Tuesday March 8, 2016, at the New York State Supreme Court. View the media articles below to learn more about these two pivotal cases.

Challenge Mounted to NYPD Policy in Surveillance Case

Appellate Judges to Decide Whether Details of NYPD’s Program to Spy on Muslims Can Be Disclosed Under Freedom of Information Law

Judges Hear Challenge to NYPD Transparency in Spy Lawsuits

Judges Hear Challenge to NYPD’s Use of Secrecy Law to Dodge Open-Records Request

NYPD Using Cold War Excuse to Block Information on Muslim Spying

Paramus Man’s Lawsuit Could Have Effect on Release of Police Information

News Article re. NYPD Surveillance

The Record (North Bergen) Article re. NYPD Surveillance
Daily News Article re, NYPD Surveillance

Muslims seek files from NYPD’s surveillance of them and their groups

Posted On: 03-12-2013

03/12/2013

Talib Abdur Rashid and Samir Hashmi say police denied them access to their own files, claiming the documents are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information law. In separate actions filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the men said the department’s denial was illegal because it did not provide a detailed, specific justification for the refusal.

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Samir Hashmi of Paramus, who was a member of the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers University, is one of the Muslim leaders who are seeking the NYPD’s surveillance files on them.

Two Muslim leaders have taken the NYPD to court to get files on the department’s surveillance of them and their organizations.

Talib Abdur Rashid, imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, and Samir Hashmi, a former student leader of a Rutgers University Muslim group, said police denied them access to their own files, claiming the documents are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law.

In separate actions, both filed Nov. 26 in Manhattan Supreme Court, the men said the NYPD’s denial was illegal because it did not provide a more detailed, specific justification for the refusal.

They asked the court to order the department to release the records.

Citing a recent Associated Press series of reports on the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance activity after 9/11, the men said the police have steadily monitored mosques, including Rashid’s in Harlem, and student organizations like the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers, of which Hashmi was treasurer for four years.

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Imam Talib Abdur Rashid, left, of the Islamic Leadership Council is the filed court documents to get surveillance files from the NYPD.

The Six Imam Reached A Settlement In Their Lawsuit

Posted On: 10-20-2009

10/20/2009

The Six Imam reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the US Airways and the Minnesota Police Department. The settlement amount against US Airways remains confidential. Read more here.

Judge Clears Way for Lawsuit by 6 Imams Arrested at Minneapolis Airport

Posted On: 07-25-2009

07/25/2009

MINNEAPOLIS | In a strongly worded ruling, a federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit by six Muslim men who claim they were falsely arrested on a US Airways jet in Minneapolis three years ago to move forward. Read more here.

Top Court Lets Stand Saudi Immunity in 9/11 Case

Posted On: 06-29-2009

06/29/2009

The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court in New York that the Saudi defendants were protected by sovereign immunity in the lawsuit brought by victims of the attacks and their families. The Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi also represents defendants involved in this case. Read it here.

Algeria Hopes to Attract U.S. Investments, Magharebia on 02/24/09

Posted On: 02-24-2009

02/24/2009

ALGIERS | The Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC accompanied the U.S. delegation in this Trade Mission to Algeria. During the trade mission, Omar T. Mohammedi advised U.S. and Algerian companies on investing in Algeria. He also offered lectures in front of Algerian ministers and U.S. delegation. Read it here.

Suit to Block Suburban Mosque is Thrown Out, the Ledger on 02/28/08

Posted On: 02-28-2008

02/28/2008

MIAMI | A lawsuit fighting construction of a mosque in a suburban neighborhood has been dismissed, though its backers vow to return to court. The lawsuit was filed last year by lawyers for Rodney Wright, who claimed the relocation of the Islamic Center of South Florida to a new, larger building in his Pompano Beach neighborhood threatened the well-being and safety of the community…Read it here.

Six Imams Kicked off Flight Win a Round in Court on 11/21/07

Posted On: 11-21-2007

11/21/2007

OTMLAW prevails against defendants’ motion to dismiss – U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery said in a 41-page opinion late Tuesday that the imams, who say they were discriminated against when they were removed from a flight last year, have a plausible claim that their constitutional rights may have been violated…Read it here.

NYC Sued on Behalf of Teen Named Osama, CBS News on 06/12/07

Posted On: 06-12-2007

06/12/2007

The parents of a New York teen named Osama have sued the school system, claiming their son was constantly harassed by teachers while school officials did nothing. Osama al-Najjar, a Jordanian-born Muslim, eventually plunged into a deep depression and tried to commit suicide over the incessant references to the infamous al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, CBS station WCBS-TV correspondent Andrew Kirtzman reported. Read it here.

Paula Zahn Interviews Omar Mohammedi Regarding the Six Imams Case, CNN on 04/05/07

Posted On: 04-05-2007

04/5/2007

ZAHN: Welcome back. We’re talking about the lawsuit filed by six imams kicked off a plane after some passengers complained about their behavior. The suit filed against U.S. Airways also names some of the passengers who complained as possible defendants. We just heard from Congressman Peter King who supports laws to protect passenger whistle-blowers. Now let’s hear from one of the men removed from that plane. Imam Didmar Faja, also with us for his only TV appearance Omar Mohammedi, attorney for all six imams. Welcome. Omar, do you intend to seek out the passengers and sue who filed false reports about the six imams? Read it here.

Imams Kicked Off Flight Sue US Airways, CBS News on 03/13/07

Posted On: 03-13-2007

03/13/2007

OTMLAW files suit on behalf of Six Imams profiled by US Airways and Airport Police – The imams, most of whom are from Arizona, were returning from a religious conference in November when they were taken off a plane in Minneapolis, handcuffed and questioned. They had prayed on their prayer rugs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before the flight, and after they boarded, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant…Read it here.

Six Imams Ejected From US Flight, BBC News on 11/21/06

Posted On: 11-21-2006

11/21/2006

A key Islamic rights group is demanding an immediate inquiry after six Muslim imams were removed from a US flight. The six men were taken off the US Airways flight, bound to Phoenix from Minneapolis, after a passenger reported ‘suspicious activity’ to cabin crew. The men were told to disembark shortly after saying evening prayers. Three of the six had stood as they prayed. Read it here.

Muslim Guard at Brooklyn Jail Claims Post-September 11 Abuse, The NY Sun on 10/17/06

Posted On: 10-17-2006

10/17/2006

OTMLAW files discrimination suit on behalf of Muslim Correctional Officer – A Muslim correctional officer at the federal jail in Brooklyn was harassed by other guards following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a federal lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Brooklyn. Read it here.

Democracy Now Interview of Omar T. Mohammed, Esq. on 08/25/06

Posted On: 08-25-2006

08/25/2006

Amy Goodman interviews Omar Mohammedi, Esq. on the racial profiling of Muslim Americans in Airports – Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim passengers say they are increasingly victims of racial profiling and are being detained and harassed at airports. We speak with an American mother and daughter, both born in Iraq, who were held and questioned for hours at JFK airport. Read it here.

M.T.A. is Sued Over Its Policy on Muslim Head Coverings, NY Times on 10/01/04

Posted On: 10-01-2004

10/1/2004

OTMLAW files employment discrimination suit against the MTA on behalf Muslim client – The Justice Department sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Transit yesterday, charging them with discriminating against Muslim and Sikh employees who wear turbans and head scarves for religious reasons. Read it here.

$3 Million Deal in Police Killing of Diallo in ’99, New York Times on 01/07/04

Posted On: 01-07-2004

01/7/2004

OTMLAW settles a $3 Million wrongful death lawsuit against the NYPD. Almost five years after Amadou Diallo, an unarmed immigrant from West Africa, died in a hail of 41 police bullets in the Bronx, his family agreed yesterday to a $3 million settlement of its civil lawsuit against New York City. Read it here.

Lawyers as Leaders in Providing Services, New York Law Journal on 05/01/03

Posted On: 05-01-2003

05/1/2003

Mr. Mohammedi was referred in the NY Law Journal by the Deputy Mayor Carol Robles Roman as Lawyer and leader offering important services to New York community. Read it here.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces Appointments to the New York City Commission on Human Rights on 10/15/02

Posted On: 10-15-2002

10/15/2002

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced 11 new appointments to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Joining the Commission are Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Matt Foreman, Dr. Edison O. Jackson, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, William Malpica, Omar T. Mohammedi, Bryan Pu-Folkes, Lisa Quiroz, Jenny Rivera and Susan R. Scheer. They join Commissioners Derek Bryson Park and Marta B. Varela who are currently serving on the panel. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with enforcing Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, the New York City Human Rights Law, which prohibits discrimination and bias. Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling serves as the Chairperson. Read it here.

Diallo Protests Continue, CBS News on 02/22/00

Posted On: 02-22-2000

02/22/2000

Omar Mohammedi, Esq. quoted on acquittal of officers charged with murder of Amadou Diallo. A demonstration at the state courthouse in Brooklyn, New York has drawn several hundred protesters chanting against police brutality. Most of the protesters are students. The demonstration was called in the wake of several high-profile cases in New York City involving police alleged police brutality and officers shooting civilians…Read it here.

Diallo Seek Fed Help Justice Dept. to Meet with Parents, Sharpton on 01/16/00

Posted On: 01-16-2000

01/16/2000

The Justice Department has agreed to meet with the parents of slain African immigrant Amadou Diallo to hear their grievances about the murder trial being moved to Albany from the Bronx. Read it here.

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custom-post-1705The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story
custom-post-1402Muslim New Yorkers Now Have Someone Watching the Cops Who Watch Them
custom-post-1392NYPD Use of Noncommittal ‘Glomar’ Answer Questioned as Transparency Dodge
custom-post-1389Muslims fight for places to pray
custom-post-1386NYPD cites Cold War-era spy precedent in rejecting information request
custom-post-1373The NYPD is again using the Glomar theory in the FOIL request similarly to our case Abdure Rashid Vs NYPD . Only this time, the NYPD is using it against BLM for their political activities
custom-post-13362017 Updates in blocked Mosque, Yonkers NY
custom-post-1244Mosque Is Blocked in New Jersey
custom-post-1237NYPD surveillance of Muslims (FOIL Updates) 2017
custom-post-1221Sireen Hashem Latest news
custom-post-1258Symposium on fighting Islamophobia comes to Montclair
custom-post-1100Cases Seeking Disclosure About NYPD Muslim Surveillance Will Be Heard by Appeals Court
custom-post-1055OTMLAW seeks to protect the RLUIPA by representing ICCMW in this civil lawsuit
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custom-post-1014Can the NYPD Comply With Basic Rules?
custom-post-961Judge rejects Paramus man’s claim to police records linked to surveillance of N.J. Muslims
custom-post-909Muslim Attorneys Navigate Challenges of Ramadan – Featured Article
custom-post-959Appellate court sides with NYPD on Muslim surveillance documents
custom-post-957Panel Supports City’s Denial of Data on NYPD Surveillance
custom-post-532New York State Court Denies Glomar Application on FOIL Case
custom-post-892Sireen Hashem v. Hunterdon Central Regional High School
custom-post-604Omar Mohammedi, Esq. Speaks at Columbia Law School
custom-post-682Omar T. Mohammedi Speaks on Building Partnerships For Public Protection
custom-post-181Clifford Mulqueen Joins OTMLAW
custom-post-825Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid Case FOIL Profiled in The Village Voice
custom-post-819Muslims in Criminal Justice
custom-post-963The NYPD Can Keep Pretending It Isn’t Spying On Muslims, Court Rules
custom-post-534Muslim Bus Driver Wins a Civil Rights Lawsuit 2 Years After Death
custom-post-917Paramus man sues NYPD over Muslim surveillance records
custom-post-912Muslim Groups Petition For NYPD Records
custom-post-793OTMLAW to Defend Samir Hashmi and Abdur-Rashid in Lawsuits Against NYPD
custom-post-934Muslims seek files from NYPD’s surveillance of them and their groups
custom-post-536The Six Imam Reached A Settlement In Their Lawsuit
custom-post-539Judge Clears Way for Lawsuit by 6 Imams Arrested at Minneapolis Airport
custom-post-541Top Court Lets Stand Saudi Immunity in 9/11 Case
custom-post-543Algeria Hopes to Attract U.S. Investments, Magharebia on 02/24/09
custom-post-545Suit to Block Suburban Mosque is Thrown Out, the Ledger on 02/28/08
custom-post-547Six Imams Kicked off Flight Win a Round in Court on 11/21/07
custom-post-549NYC Sued on Behalf of Teen Named Osama, CBS News on 06/12/07
custom-post-551Paula Zahn Interviews Omar Mohammedi Regarding the Six Imams Case, CNN on 04/05/07
custom-post-553Imams Kicked Off Flight Sue US Airways, CBS News on 03/13/07
custom-post-555Six Imams Ejected From US Flight, BBC News on 11/21/06
custom-post-557Muslim Guard at Brooklyn Jail Claims Post-September 11 Abuse, The NY Sun on 10/17/06
custom-post-559Democracy Now Interview of Omar T. Mohammed, Esq. on 08/25/06
custom-post-561M.T.A. is Sued Over Its Policy on Muslim Head Coverings, NY Times on 10/01/04
custom-post-563$3 Million Deal in Police Killing of Diallo in ’99, New York Times on 01/07/04
custom-post-565Lawyers as Leaders in Providing Services, New York Law Journal on 05/01/03
custom-post-567Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces Appointments to the New York City Commission on Human Rights on 10/15/02
custom-post-571Diallo Protests Continue, CBS News on 02/22/00
custom-post-569Diallo Seek Fed Help Justice Dept. to Meet with Parents, Sharpton on 01/16/00