(ORLANDO, FL, 8/13/19) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of Richard Clayton, a Winter Park resident, who allegedly posted threats to shoot up a Walmart on his Facebook account on August 4th, a day after a white supremacist murdered 22 people in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
On Saturday, August 10th, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (@FDLEPIO) posted a tweet highlighting Clayton’s flagged Facebook post, “FDLE arrests Richard Clayton for written threats after an investigation by FDLE, FBI’s JTTF, and Winter Park PD. Clayton wrote on Facebook, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”
The Huffington Post reported that, “Clayton is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $15,000 bond, according to ABC News. His case is the latest in a series of cases where police have tracked down domestic terror threats.”
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“These criminal allegations must to be forcefully prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz. “White supremacists are endangering our state and nation with their terroristic acts. The inflammatory and racist rhetoric originated by President Trump and duplicated by active hate groups across America are clearly having severe repercussions.”
He added: “For years, community members in Florida have been suffering from an unprecedented uptick in hate crimes, including two mosques falling victim to arsonists in less than six months and multiple others houses of worship threatened. This arrest should be followed with hate crime charges leading to a harsher sentence.”
Ruiz also said that, in 2017, CAIR documented 144 anti-Mosque incidents including harassment, intimidation, and hate crimes and that it is still in the process of documenting all anti-Mosque incidents in 2018.
CAIR-Florida is the State’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.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, 954.272.0490 Ext 130, firstname.lastname@example.org