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Report of Marine trainee’s suicide "questionable," civil rights advocate says

Dawud Walid told us that in his work in the civil rights field, "we're always skeptical about government investigating ... actions of its own members."
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Dawud Walid told us that in his work in the civil rights field, "we're always skeptical about government investigating ... actions of its own members."

This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department to launch an investigation in to Raheel Siddiqui's death. 

Siddiqui was a Pakistani-American Muslim who was 11 days into his basic training with the United States Marine Corps on Parris Island in South Carolina when he died. 

The Marines say the 20-year-old committed suicide by jumping 40 feet in a stairwell. Siddiqui's family says that's absolutely not the case. 

CAIR executive director Dawud Walid joined us to talk about the circumstances surrounding Siddiqui's death.

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