Operation Nighthawk parolee compliance check nets multiple guns, drugs

LENAWEE COUNTY, MI – Multiple guns, drugs and stacks of illicit cash in the hands of parolees were seized by police assisting a Michigan Department of Corrections operation conducting parolee compliance checks. Investigators from the Region of Irish Hills Narcotics Office, or RHINO, assisted in MDOC’s Operation Nighthawk Tuesday night, March 30, conducting surprise compliance checks on addresses of parolees in Lenawee County, according to the Michigan State Police. During the operation officers located multiple offenders in violation of parole who were in possession of drugs, drug trafficking paraphernalia and guns, police said. Police seized the following during the operation:One 12-gauge shotgunOne AK-47 style 7.62 x 39 rifleMultiple AK-47 magazines including a 75-round drumOne AR-style .22 CR rifleMultiple AR magazinesOne Glock 9mm handgunThree drum magazine that hold 31, 40 and 50 roundsOne Sig Sauer 9mm handgunTwo Sig Sauer magazinesTwo simulated suppressorsMore than 1,000 rounds of various handgun, shotgun and rifle ammunitionMarijuana and marijuana extractsCrack cocaine$5,000 cashCharges are pending against one offender while another was taken to the Lenawee County JailTroopers from the Michigan State Police Monroe Post, an MSP K9 unit and the MSP Emergency Support Team assisted in the operationMore from MLive:Washtenaw County sees ‘some increases’ to COVID vaccine supply, but expects delays once eligibility expandsMichigan Medicine enacts visitor restrictions due to rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations20% of adults in Jackson are fully vaccinated against COVID-19Health officer leaves Jackson County post as COVID-19 cases rise

Civil rights group sues Michigan prisons for photographing incarcerated Muslim women without hijabs

click to enlarge Shutterstock.comThe Michigan chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for forcing women to remove their hijab for mugshots.The lawsuit represents more than 15 women who are Muslim or members of the Moorish Science Temple of America and were asked to remove their religious headscarves. The images were used for their ID cards and are featured on MDOC's publicly accessible database of inmates.“The stripping of the hijab for a Muslim woman is equivalent of making a non-Muslim woman walk around topless or shirtless in front of men and then publishing them to a website,” CAIR-MI staff attorney, Amy V. Doukoure, told Fox 2 News . “It's embarrassing, it is humiliating, and it is degrading for Muslim women.”Most of the inmates who came forward are housed at the women's Huron Valley Correctional facility in Pittsfield Township.CAIR-MI's executive director Dawud Walid says MDOC's operational procedures for photos is a violation of the inmates' religious beliefs and freedoms, which are protected under federal law.“It is unfortunate and ironic that MDOC, which holds Americans in its custody for legal violations, is not following the law when it comes to reasonably accommodating the religious rights of Muslims,” Walid said in a press release The lawsuit, filed Monday, is not the first CAIR has filed against MDOC for violating Muslim religious rights. Fox 2 reports that since the organization began receiving hijab-related complaints in 2017, they have made attempts to work alongside MDOC and Huron Valley administrators in correcting policies regarding the removal of hijabs for photos.According to Doukoure, MDOC made no effort to address these violations.“It is really important that people understand just because they are incarcerated that doesn't mean they lose their religious liberties,” she said.Fox 2 reached out to MDOC for comment regarding the pending litigation but provided no comment other than they had received it and are in the process of reviewing the claims.