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CAIR Offers Condolences on Murder of Virginia Muslim Teen, Urges Probe of Possible Bias Motive

screenshot 2017 06 19 12 41 22(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the death of a Virginia Muslim teen who was murdered yesterday and called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.

Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Va., was beaten and abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia on Sunday by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. The girl’s body was found in a local pond. Police have not ruled out a bias motive for the attack.

SEE: Muslim Teen Assaulted Outside US Mosque Found Murdered in Virginia (Reuters)

Officials: 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Assaulted and Killed After Leaving Virginia Mosque

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“There are no words to describe the devastation and anguish felt by the family and by all members of the community as a result of this senseless tragedy. CAIR, its board and staff offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Nabra Hassanen in their time of grief. To God we belong and to Him we return.

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CAIR to Hold News Conference with Utah Imam on 'No-Fly List’ After He Lands in Salt Lake City

CAIR to Hold News Conference with Utah Imam on No Fly List After He Lands in Salt Lake City 2(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/17/17) – Later today, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at Salt Lake City International Airport with a Utah imam (Muslim religious leader) who was placed on the “no-fly list” and barred from returning to the United States from Kenya until CAIR filed an emergency lawsuit on his behalf. 

CAIR’s lawsuit was filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Among the defendants are the FBI, the Terrorism Screening Center (TSC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Parker & McConkie is co-counsel in the lawsuit.

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CAIR-MN ‘Disappointed’ with Verdict in Philando Castile Police Shooting Case

CAIR MN Disappointed with Verdict in Philando Castile Police Shooting Case(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/16/2017) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today, express disappointment with the Philando Castile police-involved shooting Case.

Almost a year ago, Philando Castile was killed in his car by Officer Geronimo Yanez. Today, after a week-long deliberation, the jury in officer Yanez’s trial returned a verdict of not guilty on the charges of manslaughter and two weapons charges.

"We are disappointed with today's verdict and the message it sends to minority communities in Minnesota and nationwide," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We hope this sad day may serve as a catalyst for change in our society. We must all redouble our efforts to achieve reform of the system that results in such tragedies.”

"We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Castile’s family, to his fiancé Diamond Reynolds and his mother Valerie. Ms. Reynolds showed incredible bravery and composure during the incident, recording the aftermath of the shooting for the world to see, shining a light on the egregious injustice and in recounting the events in court. Valerie Castile has likewise acted as a pillar of strength throughout the trial, and offered messages of hope and calm to the entire community".

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CAIR-Washington Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for Anti-Muslim, Racist Death Threats

screenshot 2017 06 16 14 46 54(SEATTLE, WA, 6/16/17) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today welcomes a hate crime charge brought against a man in that state who allegedly made anti-Muslim and racist death threats targeting several people in Bellevue, Wash.

Prosecutors charged 55-year-old Kenneth Dean Sjarpe with a felony hate crime after he allegedly threatened to kill two Syrian-American men at a gas station and made a similar threat to a man from Ethiopia at a store in that city.

Sjarpe reportedly shouted ethnic and religious slurs such as “[go] back to your country” and "I'll shoot you, you dirty Muslims.”

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