(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/18/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Diego (CAIR-San Diego) today issued an advisory reminding community members of their legal responsibilities and rights when contacted or visited by law enforcement authorities.
CAIR-San Diego advisory comes following what the civil rights group says is a higher number of reports of FBI visits to local Muslims.
“American Muslims strongly support law enforcement and the protection of our national security. As Americans, we also value the civil rights of every individual,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director, Hanif Mohebi. “All Americans have the constitutional right to due process and to be represented by an attorney.”
Know your responsibility as an American Muslim:
If you know of any criminal activity taking place in your community, it is both your religious and civic duty to immediately report such activity to local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Know your rights when contacted by a law enforcement officer:
- Understand that providing information to the FBI or any law enforcement officer, absent a subpoena, is strictly voluntary. You are not obligated under law to answer any questions from law enforcement officers other than providing them with an official identification card.
- You may choose to have an attorney accompany or represent you for any interview or questioning. We strongly recommend you consult with an attorney regarding the risks and benefits of being interviewed by law enforcement agents in your specific case. CAIR-San Diego may provide legal assistance, or can refer you to an attorney.
- SEE: Know Your Rights When Contacted by Law Enforcement
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SD Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com