(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/20/2016) – The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on state officials to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the police shooting death of Terence Crutcher, and welcomed the U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation into the shooting.
Crutcher, an unarmed 40-year-old father of three, was fatally shot by a Tulsa Police officer on Friday after his vehicle broke down on two-lane highway in North Tulsa. Videos taken by dashboard cameras and by police helicopters show Crutcher raising his hands, walking toward his stopped SUV, and leaning against his vehicle. Although the view from both cameras is obstructed in the moments leading up to the shooting, there was no weapon found in the vehicle and multiple reports show that Crutcher was struck with a Taser before the officer fired the fatal shot.
“We welcome the federal investigation into the shooting of Terence Crutcher and hope that his family will find justice and closure,” said Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. “We hope this disturbing case galvanizes a conversation about the issues surrounding similar incidents, including responsible policing, racial profiling and police transparency.”
Audio from the recordings depicts an unidentified officer saying “time for a Taser” as Crutcher walks to the vehicle, and then saying, “That looks like a bad dude, too. Probably on something.” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan admits that the video is “very disturbing and difficult to watch.”
“The death of Terence Crutcher comes at a time when our community is still reeling from the death of Khalid Jabara, whose killing also raised questions about the justice system. We stand in solidarity and love with the Black community of Tulsa and Oklahoma in this time of grieving," said Operations and Events Coordinator Anna Facci.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/20/2016) – Later today, the head of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will reach out to a Lonsdale, Minn., business owner who put up a “Muslims Get Out” sign outside his restaurant to invite him to meet with Muslim community leaders at the Islamic Center of Faribault.
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein will invite Treats Family Restaurant owner Dan Ruedinger to the mosque so that he can interact with Muslims and learn more about Islam and the local Muslim community.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 9/19/16) – On Tuesday, September 20, the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join other Muslim organizations at a news conference in Elizabeth, N.J., to condemn the bombings in New York and New Jersey, and to urge unity in the community.
WHAT: New Jersey Muslims to Condemn NYC and NJ Bombings
WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Muslim Community Center of Union County, 964-984 Magie Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/19/2016) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join Muslim community and interfaith leaders at a press conference in St, Cloud, Minn., to urge unity in the wake of the Cross Road Mall stabbings.
WHAT: CAIR-MN, Muslim and Interfaith Leaders Hold Press Conference Urging Unity
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Outside St. Cloud City Hall, St. Cloud, MN