(CHICAGO, IL, 3/24/17) -Today, Friday March 24rd, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold an 11:00am news conference to announce the amendment to a complaint filed against the North Chicago Police Department on behalf of Ramtin Sabet, a Muslim officer who faced years of harrowing abuse by fellow officers.
The amendment was officially filed yesterday (March 23, 2017) afternoon to include Sabet's wrongful termination after CAIR-Chicago filed an original charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 20th, 2016. On February 9, 2017 Sabet was wrongfully discharged.
Ramtin Sabet is a Muslim Iranian immigrant who started his career in law enforcement 15 years ago, and has been a police officer with the North Chicago Police Department since 2007. For several years Sabet was harassed and bullied by fellow officers at the North Chicago Police Department, and every formal complaint he filed to his commanding officer went unheard. Some of the comments that were made included constant mockery of food, culture, and religion, repeatedly calling Sabet a "terrorist."
"They told me that I hold a gun like Muslim, like a terrorist Muslim." says Ramtin Sabet. "I serve this country. I wear a blue uniform with an American flag [patch]...for over 15 years. I got their back. I pulled them out of the fire, when they fell down and broke their wrist I put him back in my squad car and took him to the hospital, when they were shot in the shoulder...I helped them. And this is how they treat me? I wonder how many Muslims in the country are going through this."
(NEW YORK, NY, 3/23/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a white supremacist’s allegedly racially-motivated murder of an African-American man near Times Square.
CAIR-NY also condemned another apparently bias-motivated attack earlier this month on a woman in Jamaica, Queens.
In the attack near Times Square, James Harris Jackson stabbed Timothy Caughman multiple times in the chest and back on Tuesday night. Jackson later turned himself in to the NYPD quickly telling them where to find the alleged murder weapon. Jackson reportedly traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of killing African-American men, hoping that by committing the crime in New York City, he could secure more media attention.
In the other incident, which took place March 6 in Jamaica, Queens, an unknown woman punched the victim in the neck after shouting anti-Muslim slurs. The NYPD released surveillance video of the incident to seek the public’s help in identifying the alleged attacker.
“We must not lose one more New Yorker to bigotry and violence,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “These bias-motivated attacks are an affront to every human being, and we must all work together to ensure the victims receive justice to fullest extent of the law. We continue to see a distressing increase in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community. Far too many hate crime victims continue to suffer in silence. We must make sure that ever attack is reported and that every attacker is apprehended.”
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/22/17) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime.
According to the alleged victim, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) and was with her one-year-old child, the two people followed her for 7-8 minutes while she was driving and then blocked her from parking her car. One of those two people, a woman, then reportedly approached the Muslim woman’s car and started shouting abuse and obscenities including, "You should f***ing go home, and you should be f***ing deported," and threatened to "rip her face off if she sees her again.”
The Minneapolis Police Department is looking in to the incident, including examining surveillance video from the neighboring stores.
"This incident is alarming and appears to be the result of growing Islamophobia -- and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It’s troubling to know that Muslim women in our state have to fear going about in their daily lives."
Hussein noted that this is the second such incident in the span of a week in Minnesota. This past Saturday, a Muslim woman was followed and harassed by a man in Moorhead, Minn.
CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/21/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights group, today denounced Mayor de Blasio’s surprise appointment of Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s newly reconstituted “Handschu Committee.” The civilian representative is intended to serve as an independent watchdog on NYPD intelligence division investigations, ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services Division consent decree, which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance.
“Today’s surprise appointment, made without any consultation with the Muslim community, lacks the cooperation we needed to have confidence in this appointment,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Mayor de Blasio is asking us to blindly trust his appointee will curb the NYPD’s abusive surveillance, but that trust must be earned.”
“Mr. Robinson has exemplary legal credentials, but there’s no assurance this longtime prosecutor will be willing to curtail the NYPD’s pattern of unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Once again, Mayor de Blasio has given up a chance at lasting change to paper-over our dysfunctional and discriminatory intelligence apparatus.”
Muslim community members are asked to report any police harassment and discrimination to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/