Muslim civil rights group asks that bail be denied to alleged shooter, seeks hate crime enhancements
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 12/1/16) - The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today called on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the November 26 shooting of a Muslim teenager and to seek all relevant hate crime enhancements under Ohio statutes. CAIR is also asking that the alleged perpetrator be denied bail.
The 16-year-old Lakewood High School student, who was wearing an Islamic head covering called a “kufi” at the time of the alleged attack, says he was walking home from his part-time job when he was shot by an armed man who then fled the scene. According to the Muslim teenager, the alleged perpetrator called him a “terrorist” and “Taliban b*ch” before the shooting. The victim was struck in the shoulder and was left bleeding at the scene. (Cuyahoga County Case Number: CR-16-611940-A)
The alleged perpetrator, Denzel R. Johnson, age 26, was arrested Sunday morning. A Lakewood Police incident report obtained by CAIR-Cleveland lists the charge as “attempted aggravated murder.” A bail hearing is set for Friday, December 2, in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The court docket lists an initial bond of $10,000. CAIR is calling for bail to be denied.
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In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
“According to the alleged victim, there are clear indicators that this crime was motivated by ethnic and religious hatred, and we believe it should be investigated with that possible bias motive in mind.
“We call on law enforcement authorities to investigate this case as a possible hate crime and for the prosecutor to request that bail be denied and for any and all sentencing enhancements be sought under the state law.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about two more individuals with histories of Islamophobic views being added to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
Katharine Gorka has been selected to be part of the DHS “landing team” that will meet with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to manage the transition.
In the past, she has claimed that the DHS trains its agents — falsely, according to Gorka — that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
Gorka writes about Islam for the White supremacist website “Breitbart News.” In 2014, Gorka wrote that when “Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace,” it “struck a sour chord for many,” and that “American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.”
She is married to Sebastian Gorka, another Breitbart News contributor. Sebastian Gorka, who is also known for his Islamophobic views. He calls religious profiling of Muslims “common sense.”
President-elect Trump has also named Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as his deputy national security adviser. McFarland has advocated for war with Iran, support the use of torture, expressed admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and has supported the profiling of Muslims.
(BOSTON, MA, 11/30/16) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today called for stepped-up police protection of local mosques after an anti-Muslim, hate-filled letter supporting President-elect Donald Trump was sent to Masjid Al-Kareem in Providence, R.I.
The hate letter was addressed to the "Children of Satan.” The writer called Muslims a "vile and filthy people" and called on them to "pack your bags and get out of dodge." It also said that President-elect Donald Trump is "going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he's going to start with you Muslims” and "This is a great time for patriotic Americans. Long live President Trump and God bless the U.S.A."
CAIR chapters nationwide have received reports of the same letter being sent to mosque in states.
Video: CAIR-CA Responds to Threat Letters Sent to Mosques
Representative of Muslim civil rights group to meet today with students and staff at University of Wisconsin-Stout
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a deadly attack on a Saudi Arabian student in Wisconsin.
CAIR said University of Wisconsin-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died one day after being assaulted on a street in downtown Menomonie, Wis. The attacker, described as a white male about 6 feet tall, assaulted Alnahdi early Sunday morning near a pizza restaurant. Alnahdi was found unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.
CAIR’s Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) and its national civil rights department are both monitoring the case. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is also calling on the FBI to enter the case. CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein is meeting today with students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.