(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/4/07) - The Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today joined CHIRLA and LULAC in supporting an impartial investigation into Tuesday's incident in which police fired 240 rubber bullets and used batons to disperse a crowd gathered at MacArthur Park.
The incident followed a mass immigration rally in which thousands of people had peacefully gathered to call attention to our nation's broken immigration system, and urge humane immigration reform.
CAIR-LA additionally welcomes a decision by Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton to seek an impartial review of the incident. This action further supports the FBI's decision to begin a civil rights inquiry into the incident, following a request by Bratton.
"We welcome Chief Bratton's decision to seek an independent review of Tuesday's incident involving several dozen rally participants," said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR Los Angeles Area. "From the news reports and videos, it seems that excessive force may have been used against the crowd. It is crucial that the incident be reviewed by an impartial source to determine whether any inappropriate force was used and if so, what necessary action to take."