Group Says Somalis Are Being Detained Unfairly

February 17, 2009

Author: Julianna Olsen

Source: KARE-11

A civil rights group says federal investigators have been randomly stopping Somali residents at malls, college campuses and the airport to question them.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it has heard from 50 to 100 people stopped by federal agents since news broke about the disappearance of several young Somali men. The men's families worry they have returned to Somalia to fight.

"There seems to be no consistency here on who's being questioned," said Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. "It does seem like religious or racial profiling."