(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/6/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Islamophobic and racist social media posts posted on the public Twitter account of Baltimore County police officer Ted Waga.
One re-tweeted post refers to American Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as “Trojan Horses” and “cockroaches” who are “the enemy within.” The officer also tweeted about his mistrust of Islam and that “people of the world” are getting fed up and “will/are going on the offensive” against Muslims.
SEE: Baltimore County police investigating 'hateful' tweets allegedly tied to police officer (Baltimore Sun)
According to an online biography from a 2012 campaign for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District, Waga is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and identifies as a Republican.
In his campaign biography, he said: “I am running for Congress because I love our country and feel that I must do what I can to ensure the future success and prosperity of this great nation.”
In a statement, said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry said:
“The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, even bigoted speech. However, public servants and elected officials must be held to a higher standard. In order to maintain the trust of the diverse communities they serve, law enforcement officers need to be able to demonstrate that they are capable of sound ethical and moral judgment free of any bias.”
CAIR has condemned the tweets and is calling for a public apology from the officer, along with diversity training and facilitated dialogue with local American Muslim faith leaders.
In December, CAIR called on one of Anne Arundel County’s newly appointed board of education members, Robert Leib, to publicly apologize for controversial social media posts that revealed an intolerant attitude towards African-Americans, immigrants, Muslims, and members of the LGBT community.
SEE: Group calls on Anne Arundel school board pick to step down over controversial Facebook posts
CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ‘Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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