The main suspected bomber in the New Jersey/New York bombings once claimed that police persecuted him for being a Muslim.
According to court documents Rahami claims local police from Elizabeth, New Jersey subjected his family to discrimination because of their religion.
The family made the claim that police tried to get their restaurant to close down early every night, roughly around 10:00 pm, with “baseless” tickets and summonses. They said that other businesses nearby were allowed to stay open later and that they were struggling financially as a result.
Their restaurant was called First American, which they had owned since 2002.
The suspected bomber, as well as his father, Mohammad Sr, and his brother Mohammad filed the lawsuit in 2011. They said over the previous two years they were treated unfairly.
The family said that residents of the neighborhood racially abused them and said “Muslims don’t belong here.”
The Rahami family claimed “false arrest,” discrimination,” and “abuse of protest.” They claimed they suffered from “false and baseless complaints from unidentified people between 2009 and 2011.
In 2008, the restaurant was asked to shut down by 10:00 pm every night and that police “embarked on a course to harass, humiliate, retaliate against and force their business to close at 10pm.”
“The tickets, summons and complaints were all baseless, unfounded, and designed solely to intimidate and harass plaintiffs,” the document said.
In 2012, the complaint was dismissed with prejudice.