They issued the following statement through a CAIR lawyer. ABC:
“We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family. Our family like all families is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers,” the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.
“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as 4 years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned,” the statement continued. “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, and we hope to see better in the days and weeks to come. We also ask the press to respect our privacy and to give our family time to grieve this horrific development.”
It’s not clear who the children and the teenager referred to in the statement are. [But obviously they are the true victims here.]