CAIR-MI along with ACRL, NAACP – Western Wayne Branch and civil rights attorneys recently held a press conference announcing the filing of a motion to dismiss pertaining to charges against four Star Academy Football players, who were charged with assault for a minor football scuffle with Westland Lutheran High School football players in the final moments of a game in late October in Dearborn Heights.
Advocates also requested that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy launch further investigation into this case in which a Westland Lutheran coach stormed the field at the end of the game and pummeled a Star Academy player. The coach was not charged yet the minor, who was pummeled to the ground was.
“Due to the peculiar nature of this case of minors being charged as adults for a brief late game scuffle and that an adult on the opposing side, who struck a minor yet was not charged leads us to believe that there may be a double standard in charging due to the ethnicity and/or religion of the minors, who were charged,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Though we do not condone the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Star Academy players, such minor skirmishes are common place in high school football games across the state, yet minor players have never been charged in Michigan as adults for such.”
CAIR-MI will continue to monitor court proceedings of this case as well as any future charges pertaining to it.