"His civil rights case claimed Al-Mujaahid was driving a rented Camaro on Capitol Drive in March 2011 when he was pulled over a little befored. His suit contends officers pointed weapons at his head, threatened to kill him, and roughed him up as they handcuffed him and held him in a squad while searching the rental car. No contraband was found, and he was released.

In their motions to dismiss, the police argue that Al-Mujaahid's driving and "furtive movements" made them reasonably suspect he had a weapon. The profanity-laced threat to kill him was characterized as "verbal stun" intended to foster compliance, according to the city.