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New state law no help for cops who removed imams

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge says a law passed in response to a lawsuit filed by six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight does not apply to law enforcement officers.

The law gives immunity to individuals who report suspected terrorist activities in good faith. In her ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery says this is apparently the first time the courts have considered whether it shields law enforcement.

The imams had been in Minneapolis for a meeting in 2006. They were about to head home when passengers and the flight crew became concerned. Police took the men off the plane.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which runs the airport police, says they’re disappointed.

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