Target: Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
Goal: Exonerate and pay damages to Ayyub Abdul-Alim, who was unjustly imprisoned for refusing to spy on members of the Muslim community
Ayyub Abdul Alim has been unjustly imprisoned for the past two years after refusing to inform on members of the Muslim community in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Alim, who is an African-American and a Muslim, was targeted and arrested on a fabricated weapons charge as part of Massachusetts’ stop-and-frisk police tactic. An FBI agent offered him “exoneration and a return to normalcy” on the condition that he become an informant against his will to spy on the Muslim community. Mr. Alim refused, and he is still sitting in prison awaiting trial on charges that he has allegedly been cleared of.
Ayyub Abdul Alim is a victim of our COINTELPRO inspired police state. No man deserves to rot in prison simply because he refuses to inform on members of his community. Furthermore, Mr. Alim’s arrest occurred under fabricated pretenses, and it is outrageous that he continues to sit in jail. The racial profiling tactics of stop and frisk coupled with American Islamophobia have resulted in tragedy for Mr. Alim. Tell Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to exonerate Mr. Alim and to compensate him on behalf of the Springfield Police Department for any physical, mental, and economic damage this unjust imprisonment has caused.
Dear Governor Deval Patrick,
Ayyub Abdul Alim has been imprisoned for the past two years simply for refusing to spy on members of his own community. Mr. Alim was targeted by the racist stop-and-frisk policing method, and he was subsequently arrested on fabricated charges. He was offered release, but only on the condition that he become an informant and begin spying on members of his Muslim community. This is deeply concerning. Mr. Alim claims that police recordings reveal that he was searched and cleared of the weapons charges on which Springfield Police officers initially based his arrest. If this is true, then the only reasons Mr. Alim is being kept prisoner are to pressure him into abandoning his community by becoming an informant and to punish him for refusing to spy on his friends, neighbors, and family.
Enough mistrust exists between citizens and police. If police in Springfield are capable of keeping a citizen locked up even after he has been cleared of charges, this does not exactly nurture and open and trusting relationship between citizens–especially Black and Muslim citizens–and the police. Mr. Alim’s community is standing behind him by attending his trial proceedings and protesting the unjust nature of his arrest and detainment. Show that you support the African American and Muslim communities in Springfield, and speak out against the Springfield Police Department’s unjust, racist, and Islamophobic treatment of Ayyub Abdul Alim.
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