Michigan Men Sue American Airlines

Group detained in August says they were racially profiled



Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Allen Brothers PLLC

    DETROIT, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Michigan men who in August were
 escorted off an American Airlines flight and then detained filed a race
 discrimination lawsuit Wednesday against the airline, saying the incident
 was a clear case of racial profiling, false imprisonment and a violation of
 civil rights.
     Filed in U.S. District Court by Allen Brothers PLLC of Detroit, the
 lawsuit seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensatory damages for
 hours of detainment, interrogation, public humiliation and embarrassment.
 The incident occurred when the group was returning home from providing
 consulting work for U.S. troops.
     "The airline treated these individuals like criminals, simply because
 of stereotyping and ignorance. The irony is, these men were returning home
 from training our troops before deployment to Iraq," said Lawrence Garcia,
 the attorney representing the men. "This kind of prejudice is completely
 un- American."
     The incident occurred August 28 on American Airlines Flight 590, which
 left and then returned to the gate in San Diego, Calif., at the behest of
 the Airline's flight crew. The flight, which was headed to Chicago, was
 rescheduled from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29 as a result.
     When the airplane returned to the gate, the gentlemen were segregated
 and detained, while the other 113 passengers were assisted in finding hotel
 rooms. All of the men who were detained were of Middle Eastern ethnic
 origin. No other persons were detained or questioned.
     "They treated me like a terrorist; I'm anything but a terrorist," said
 David Al-Watan, one of the men detained by American Airlines. "We didn't do
 anything wrong, but they made everybody scared of us."
     The men who filed suit are: David Al-Watan, Talal Cholagh, Ali Alzerej,
 Hassan Alzerej, Hussein Alsalih and Mohammad Al-Saedy.
     Arab-Americans have experienced a surge in hate crimes over the past
 several years, with the FBI having documented a 1,600 percent increase in
 hate crimes following 9/11 against those perceived to be Muslim or Arab.
 
 

SOURCE Allen Brothers PLLC
    DETROIT, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Michigan men who in August were
 escorted off an American Airlines flight and then detained filed a race
 discrimination lawsuit Wednesday against the airline, saying the incident
 was a clear case of racial profiling, false imprisonment and a violation of
 civil rights.
     Filed in U.S. District Court by Allen Brothers PLLC of Detroit, the
 lawsuit seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensatory damages for
 hours of detainment, interrogation, public humiliation and embarrassment.
 The incident occurred when the group was returning home from providing
 consulting work for U.S. troops.
     "The airline treated these individuals like criminals, simply because
 of stereotyping and ignorance. The irony is, these men were returning home
 from training our troops before deployment to Iraq," said Lawrence Garcia,
 the attorney representing the men. "This kind of prejudice is completely
 un- American."
     The incident occurred August 28 on American Airlines Flight 590, which
 left and then returned to the gate in San Diego, Calif., at the behest of
 the Airline's flight crew. The flight, which was headed to Chicago, was
 rescheduled from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29 as a result.
     When the airplane returned to the gate, the gentlemen were segregated
 and detained, while the other 113 passengers were assisted in finding hotel
 rooms. All of the men who were detained were of Middle Eastern ethnic
 origin. No other persons were detained or questioned.
     "They treated me like a terrorist; I'm anything but a terrorist," said
 David Al-Watan, one of the men detained by American Airlines. "We didn't do
 anything wrong, but they made everybody scared of us."
     The men who filed suit are: David Al-Watan, Talal Cholagh, Ali Alzerej,
 Hassan Alzerej, Hussein Alsalih and Mohammad Al-Saedy.
     Arab-Americans have experienced a surge in hate crimes over the past
 several years, with the FBI having documented a 1,600 percent increase in
 hate crimes following 9/11 against those perceived to be Muslim or Arab.
 
 SOURCE Allen Brothers PLLC