(MIAMI, FL, 10/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida (CAIR-FL), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the guilty plea of Gerald Wallace, who pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida Federal Court for threatening to shoot members of a mosque in Miami Gardens, Florida.
In a statement, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz said:
“We congratulate the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida for their swift prosecution of the now-convicted felon Gerald Wallace. This criminal will now have some time to reflect on the damage he has done to Muslim worshipers.
“The Florida Muslim community has been facing an unprecedented level of hate crimes. Incidents have included various mosques being set on fire, Muslim schools and mosques vandalized, assault and battery on Muslim worshipers, Muslim children bullied at school -- among many other hate crimes and hate incidents that have significantly spiraled upwards in the past two years.
“We commend Acting U.S. Attorney Greenberg for keeping the Department of Justice lines of communication and cooperation open with the Muslim community. The strong message this sends is that Florida has no place for hate crimes against Muslims.”
CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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