(CLEVELAND, OH, 7/1/2015) -- The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today called on the city's Division of Police (CDP) to investigate whether a recently-promoted officer violated department policies by re-tweeting racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Obama, and pro-Confederate flag materials on Twitter.
Officer Frank Woyma, who was recently promoted from patrol officer to sergeant, has re-tweeted images of a Quran being flushed down a toilet and of President Obama's campaign logo with the headline "This is a symbol of racism, I would like it removed from my country." One re-tweet, with an image of a Crusader knight, is headlined: "I will turn back the Muslim hordes," with the note "Join our fight to save America."
[NOTE: Woyma's Twitter account is @2495blast, an apparent reference to his badge number 2495.]
Woyma also frequently re-tweets materials produced by Islamophobes like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, along with a number of items seeming to reject criticism of the Confederate flag as a symbol of racial hatred.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/1/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the African-American Christian community following an alarming series of fires at eight predominantly black churches following the terrorist attack that took nine lives at a Charleston, S.C., church.
Authorities have ruled that arson was the cause in three of the cases, one has been ruled accidental and the rest remain under investigation.
CAIR is asking state and federal authorities to investigate all the church fires as potential acts of domestic terrorism.
Late last night the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Greeleyville, S.C., was the eight African-American church to burn down. In 1995, two members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked the same church and later pleaded guilty to the crime.
(CLEVELAND, OH, 6/29/15) – The Cleveland branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair and Just Cleveland, and the Cleveland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild announced the filing of an Amicus Brief today in US Federal District Court in the matter of United States v. City of Cleveland (1:15-cv-01046). CAIR-Cleveland is a founding member of the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair and Just Cleveland.
In the brief filed today, the civil rights groups are seeking to address concerns about the Settlement Agreement reached between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the DOJ's Finding on December 4, 2014. A nearly two-year long investigation by the DOJ revealed that the Cleveland Division of Police had engaged in a pattern and practice of unconstitutional conduct, including excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/15) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today called on Houston police and the FBI to investigate a road rage shooting in which the gunman reportedly shouted "go back to Islam" as a possible hate crime.
Ziad Abu Naim, 42, was shot in the road rage incident on Friday and is not expected to survive. A witness who spoke to a local television station said an anti-Muslim slur from the alleged shooter triggered the incident. "(The alleged shooter) stopped his car and rolled down his window," the witness said. "So, my friend rolled down the window and the guy yelled 'Go back to Islam.'" The victim, who is of Palestinian heritage, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. He is not expected to survive.
The shooter - who is claiming self-defense - was detained at the scene, but it is not clear if he remains in custody.