Leaders in the American Muslim community say they're troubled by the case of a St. Paul police officer after a court opinion said she lied to a federal grand jury in Tennessee.
They see a double standard because St. Paul police put the officer on leave while they investigate, while federal prosecutors have indicted and even jailed a number of Somali-Americans for lying to authorities during terror investigations.
This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a federal district judge's earlier decision acquitting three men convicted by a jury of sex trafficking. They were among more than a dozen Minnesota men charged in a Nashville case, most of Somali heritage. The appeals court's opinion has some harsh words for the St. Paul police officer who investigated the case, saying Sgt. Heather Weyker lied to a federal grand jury and later lied during a detention hearing in the case. Weyker served on an FBI Task Force on sex trafficking.