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Monday, January 24, 2011

[MN] Updated: Officer Abdulkadir's wife outnumbered in court - about 100 to 1.

The court couldn't find the common sense to keep Minneapolis Police Officer Mukhtar Abdulkadir in jail? Pray for this situation, please. Who can imagine...?

...The complaint states that Abdulkadir punched his wife, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police... She had visible injuries... Officer Abdulkadir told police his wife hit herself... She also said she had been afraid to tell police because of her husband's job as a police officer... On Friday, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she lied and wasn't sure how she was injured... The department did say that his work duty as a patrol officer in the First Precinct was changed to home assignment...

UPDATE:

...Abdulkadir was ordered to have no contact with his wife or the couple's two children... Nearly 100 people showed up at Abdulkadir's bail hearing Monday morning, all of whom seemed to be supporting the defendant...


UPDATE:
...Abdulkadir has been rehired with BACKPAY. See comments below.  


MINNEAPOLIS COP ARRESTED, FACES DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGE
Pioneer Press
By Sarah Horner
01/21/2011
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer was charged today, accused of assaulting his wife on Thursday. Mukhtar A. Abdulkadir, 36, faces felony charges of domestic assault, terroristic threats and assault... Abdulkadir is a patrol officer for the Minneapolis Police Department. The complaint states that Abdulkadir punched his wife, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police. Abdulkadir's wife reported the incident to authorities... The wife later changed her story when she went to the Anoka County attorney's office today and said she did not know how the injuries occurred... He denied he assaulted his wife and said she was the one who had been hitting herself... In her intitial account to authorites, the wife said Adbulkadir had been violent with her in the past and pointed his gun at her on several occasions. She also said she had been scared to tell the police because of of Abdulkadir's position with Minneapolis police... The department did say that his work duty as a patrol officer in the First Precinct was changed to home assignment on Friday, department spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said... [Full article here]

MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS WIFE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
David Chanen
January 21, 2011
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer was charged with felony assault Friday, accused of hitting his wife in the face with a gun and threatening to kill her... he threw her on the couch and punched her in the ribs, the complaint said. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head, according to the document. With his 3-year-old child yelling at him to stop, Abdulkadir grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end, the charges said... She went to her parents' house. When she returned home, he threatened to kill her, the complaint said... "Anytime there is a domestic assault with a weapon and children are present, it's an immense public safety concern," said Assistant Anoka County Attorney C. Ryan Tennison. Abdulkadir told police his wife hit herself and she assaulted him. On Friday, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she lied and wasn't sure how she was injured, the complaint said. She had visible injuries consistent with her earlier disclosure... It's not unusual for an abuse victim to recant... [Full article here]

MINNEAPOLIS COP ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HIS WIFE: Patrol officer says she hit herself
Pioneer Press
By Sarah Horner
01/22/2011
[Excerpts]...The complaint says Abdulkadir punched his 23-year-old wife in the ribs, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police... Investigators noted and photographed injuries on her face... Friday, the wife changed her story, the complaint says. Meeting with officials with the Anoka County attorney's office, she told them she had lied earlier and didn't know how her injuries occurred. Officials filed the charges against Abdulkadir anyway, said C.P. Ryan Tennison, assistant Anoka County attorney. "It's not unusual in domestic abuses cases for a victim to minimize or recant" previous statements, Tennison said. "Based on the evidence we have, we are proceeding with the charges"... She also said she had been afraid to tell police because of her husband's job as a police officer... A bail hearing in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday... [Full article here]

UPDATE:

MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WIFE AT ANDOVER HOME MAKES BAIL, DRAWS SUPPORTERS: ABOUT 100 CAME IN APPARENT SUPPORT [FOR ACCUSED OFFICER]
By Sarah Horner
Updated: 01/24/2011 11:40:03 PM CST
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer charged Friday with felony assault for allegedly attacking his wife was released on bail Monday. Mukhtar Abdulkadir, 36, was released from the Anoka County jail Monday afternoon after posting $50,000 bail... Abdulkadir was ordered to have no contact with his wife or the couple's two children... Nearly 100 people showed up at Abdulkadir's bail hearing Monday morning, all of whom seemed to be supporting the defendant... "In all my years, I have never seen a courtroom filled in a domestic violence case with that level of support for the defendant," Young said. He added that it seemed nobody was there in support of Abdulkadir's wife... His next scheduled court hearing in the case is Feb. 16... [Full article here]

UPDATE:

SUPPORTERS OF SOMALI POLICE OFFICER PACK COURTROOM: Mukhtar Abdulkadir pleaded not guilty to assaulting his wife, who has recanted allegations. The couple also face a child protection order.
Star Tribune
Article by: David Chanen
Updated: February 16, 2011 - 9:03 PM

There wasn't nearly enough space in a small Anoka County courtroom Wednesday to accommodate more than 80 relatives, friends and Somali community members who came to support Mukhtar Abdulkadir, a Minneapolis police officer accused of hitting his wife with his service revolver while his young son screamed for him to stop.

In another part of the courthouse, Abdulkadir's wife communicated through her attorney that she wanted to lift a no-contact order barring her husband from contacting her or his children after already recanting the abuse allegation.

Amid those developments, in a twist that surprised everybody in the courtroom, including the judge, came word that Abdulkadir and his wife had been served with a child protection order to check on their two children's long-term welfare. The two are living with their mother.

Abdulkadir, of Andover, is one of only a few Somali police officers in Minnesota. He is a role model whom kids look up to, said Omar Jamal, former director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center who was at Wednesday's hearing. Now, said Jamal, the officer and father who is helping build relationships between the Somali community and police "is being destroyed right in front of us."

In the courtroom, District Judge Tammi Fredrickson said that she wasn't thrilled with the timing of the child protection order and that "much of this case is unusual."

She kept the no-contact order in place regarding his wife, but modified it to allow Abdulkadir to visit his children several times a week at a designated parenting center.

Abdulkadir, 36, who has been on street patrol for a year and a half, has been on paid leave since he was charged in January with felony second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault. The internal affairs unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is investigating.

The allegations

According to the criminal complaint against him, Abdulkadir threw his wife on the couch after an argument and punched her in the ribs. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head, according to the charges. With his 3-year-old son yelling at him to stop, he grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end, the charges said. She did not seek medical treatment.

According to the complaint, she told police her husband had been violent with her in the past and had threatened to kill her.

Several days later, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she had lied and wasn't sure how she was injured, the complaint said.

On Wednesday, Abdulkadir pleaded not guilty, a step that usually takes place several hearings down the line. Robert Fowler, his attorney, said Abdulkadir wanted to plead early to signal his intent to fight the charges.

"There are problems with this case," Fowler said. "The victim has made five statements. How credible is she?"

Earlier, an outraged Ryan Kaess, representing Abdulkadir's wife, had asked for a recess because he had been served with the child protection order in the previous half-hour. He said that the action was outrageous and that he was greatly troubled that the county attorney's office would bring a petition against somebody who is a victim.

"Her children haven't seen their father since he was charged," Kaess said. "She wants the no-contact order lifted. She's trying to put her marriage back together."

The prosecution also learned about the child-protection order during the hearing.

Paul Young, head of the violent crime unit of the Anoka County attorney's office, said social services had been involved in the case after the allegations came to light.

In arguing to keep the no-contact order in place, he said his office recently received evidence that Abdulkadir hurt his wife in front of one of his children several years ago. Fredrickson agreed she was concerned about future risk to the children.

Fowler also sharply criticized the timing of the child protection order, saying the county attorney's office was using it as leverage on Abdulkadir's wife.

"She now faces a choice. If she makes her views known, she might lose her children," he said. "I've never seen the long arm of the law used in such an intimidating way."

After ruling on the no-contact order, Fredrickson said she understands that Abdulkadir's wife might feel like she's being punished, "but I'm not willing to lift the order."

David Chanen • 612-673-4465 [LINK]
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6 comments:

  1. It's so clear why an officer's wife would choose to not report she's being pistol whipped, beaten, and threatened with death. Every Mpls victim who sees this is probably going to opt not to say a word. I would like to think that this wife is out of the house but that would betray her recant. He's in the house with her and at least one 3 year old who she initially reported was screaming for him to stop.

    Please someone tell her that silence will not protect her or her child.

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  2. COMPLEX ABUSE CASE WRAPS UP WITH MINNEAPOLIS COP'S PLEA: Minneapolis officer may not get job back after his wife recanted allegation.
    Star Tribune
    David Chanen ,
    November 3, 2011
    [Excerpts] A few hours after authorities charged Minneapolis police officer Mukhtar Abdulkadir with felony domestic assault in January, accusing him of hitting his wife in the face with his service weapon at their Andover home, she walked into the Anoka County attorney's office and recanted her allegation. That didn't keep the case from moving forward, and last month, Abdulkadir pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct... Along the way, supporters of Abdulkadir packed the courtroom for his pretrial hearings, and he was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after the felony charges were filed. Assistant Anoka County Attorney Paul Young said that among the thousands of cases that have crossed his desk over a nearly 20-year career, few have been more difficult. Besides the recantation by Abdulkadir's wife, Munira Maalimisaq, a judge ruled that her initial statement to police would not be admissible at trial unless she testified. She hired an attorney and offered an affidavit outlining why she had lied to authorities. Police also couldn't locate her, making it impossible to subpoena her as a witness... Abdulkadir was charged in January with felony second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault. According to the criminal complaint against him, his wife told authorities the following: He threw her on the couch after an argument and punched her in the ribs. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head. With his 3-year-old son yelling at him to stop, Abdulkadir grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end. She told police that her husband had been violent with her in the past and had threatened to kill her... Because the judge ruled against the use of Maalimisaq's statements to police and authorities couldn't locate her for an interview, Young said his hands were tied... Abdulkadir would have lost his peace officer's license if he had been convicted of a felony. He was fired by the department after the felony charges were filed. As part of his plea agreement, his misdemeanor charge will be dismissed if he completes several requirements in a year. Robert Fowler, who represented Abdulkadir, said the Minneapolis Police Department has a precedent of rehiring officers in similar scenarios... [Full article here]

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  3. CULTURAL ISSUES FOR SOMALI WOMEN:
    In Situations of Domestic Violence
    stolaf.edu
    The information on this page came from an interview with Safiya Hassan, herself a Somali immigrant and a WomanSafe advocate... Though they [Somali women] need not be worried about their status in this country, they do not know the laws and their rights. Often they feel as if they don't belong in this country, and think of themselves as refugees rather than immigrants: many hope to someday return to Somalia... Very few Somali women have been educated - nearly 70% are illiterate in their own language... Domestic violence is not seen as violence, it is seen as education: the husband uses violence to educate his wife to do whatever he wants. Women have a difficult time seeing violence as wrong because the culture teaches that the husband has a right to educate his wife. Few if any women know that it is illegal to beat one's wife in America, and that they could leave if they are beaten... [Somali women's' identities are with their husbands and their families. If they leave their husband, they turn their back on their own identity... Women are not allowed to divorce a man, and most don't know that it is legal to do so in America... Women would rather stay through a violent marriage and accept being beaten than become a divorcée, even if they realize a divorce is possible and legal... [Somali women] have no resources to leave an abusive husband, even if they want to, and few know about services to help them... There is a Somali taboo against talking about domestic violence... Somalis feel it is poor manners to talk about the family outside the family. Violence is best kept inside and not shared with anyone. As Safiya says "How could you talk about what we never talk about?"... [Full article here]

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  4. AnonymousJune 21, 2012

    Minneapolis cop who was fired over assault charge rehired
    Minneapolis Star Trbune
    Updated: May 22, 2012 - 10:05 PM

    A Minneapolis police officer who had been fired over a domestic abuse allegation has been rehired with back pay, according to his attorney and the police department. Mukhtar Abdulkadir, one of the state's only Somali-American police officers, will forfeit 30 hours of pay as part of the deal.

    Abdulkadir was charged with felony domestic assault and terroristic threats in early 2011. He was accused of punching his wife and hitting her with the butt end of his service weapon at their Andover home.

    Hours after he was charged, his wife told the Anoka County attorney's office that she had lied and that the allegations were untrue, despite visible injuries that corroborated her initial story, according to the criminal complaint. She said in her recantation that the couple had been fighting about money, jealousy and his unhappiness with the marriage when she went to police.

    He was fired last year by the Minneapolis police after an internal affairs investigation. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in October. A felony conviction would have meant Abdulkadir's job, since it automatically strips an officer of his peace officer's license.

    The Minneapolis Police Federation hired attorney Brooke Bass of Bruno Law to represent Abdulkadir in arbitration proceedings.

    An arbitrator ruled last month that the firing was unjustified.

    MATT MCKinney

    http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/152795795.html

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  5. Mussa v. Abdulkadir et al

    Plaintiff: Ibsa Aliyi Mussa
    Defendants: Mukhtar Abdulkadir, Yang and Minneapolis, City of
    Case Number: 0:2011cv01967
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Court: Minnesota District Court
    Office: DMN Office
    County: Hennepin
    Presiding Judge: Patrick J. Schiltz
    Referring Judge: Jeanne J. Graham
    Nature of Suit: Civil Rights
    Cause: 42:1983
    Jurisdiction: Federal Question
    Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/minnesota/mndce/0:2011cv01967/121159/

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  6. "...Because the judge ruled against the use of Maalimisaq's statements to police and authorities couldn't locate her for an interview, Young said his hands were tied..."

    Was Munira hiding / being hid or did she really vanish?

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