Yesterday, Akayed Ullah was apprehended in relation to yesterday's terroristic attack at the Port Authority bus station. Now, Ullah's family is claiming they were mistreated by the police investigating the situation.
“We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against our family," said the family in a statement issued through the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY), according to The Washington Post.
The statement went on to detail the ways the Ullah family was interrogated by the police, characterizing the situation as an outrage.
“Today we have seen our children, as young as 4 years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned ... One teenage relative was pulled out of high school classes and interrogated without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system," the statement continues.
Beyond the statement, Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for the New York chapter of the Muslim civil rights organization, offered no further comments on the matter.
Ullah has been hospitalized due to injuries caused by the explosive device he detonated. Police say he was inspired by fundamentalist Islamic propaganda.
Police have confirmed they investigated the Brooklyn home of Ullah, where he resided with his parents. They also confirmed searching the apartments of family members nearby. Reports indicate police left the area with a woman in a hijab.
Requests for comments on the family's treatment were not responded to.