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CAIR-LA Calls for Resignation of Top Sheriff's Department Official Over Anti-Muslim, Racist Emails

CAIR logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/1/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the resignation of a top Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official for sending numerous Islamophobia and racist emails.

Tom Angel, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s chief of staff, reportedly sent offensive and derogatory emails as recently as 2013 from his Burbank Police Department work account when he was employed by that law enforcement agency. The Los Angeles Times reports that Angel appears to have circulated numerous emails that demeaned Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, and women.

SEE: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-sheriff-burbank-emails-20160427-story.html

Top LA County sheriff's official sent emails mocking Muslims, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims | LA Times

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CAIR Says Trump’s Continued Use of ‘Pig’s Blood’ Myth Endangers American Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s continued use of a debunked anti-Muslim myth is endangering ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a surge in hate.

At a rally yesterday in California, Trump repeated the myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pig’s blood. Disturbingly, the audience erupted in applause in response to that Islamophobic hoax, which Trump first related at a rally in South Carolina last February. At that time, Politifact investigated the claim and rated it “Pants on Fire.”

Video: Donald Trump Repeats Muslim ‘Pig’s Blood’ Claim He Knows is False

SEE: Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims with Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause

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CAIR-MN, Minnesota Muslim Leaders to Respond to TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/29/16) - On Monday, May 2, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), along with leaders of that state's Muslim community, will take part in a news conference responding to recent revelations of the profiling of Somali-American Muslims by the Minneapolis office of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties.

SEE: TSA Official in Minneapolis Says He was Ordered to Profile Somali-Americans

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CAIR Asks DC Police to Preserve Video of Attack on Muslim Woman by Trump Supporter

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it has asked the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to preserve any surveillance video covering the site of an alleged attack on a Muslim woman by another woman shouting religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Investigators tell CAIR the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The Muslim woman, who is African-American and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), reported to CAIR that she was assaulted on April 21 outside a Starbucks in northwest Washington. According to the victim, the alleged assailant shouted slurs such as “f**king Muslim” and “f**king Muslim trash,” and told her to “go back to where you came from.” The white, blond-haired attacker also reportedly stated that she was voting for Donald Trump and expressed hope that he would send “all of you terrorist Muslims out of this country.”

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