(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 12/15/15) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate an incident in Grand Rapids, Mich., in which a store clerk of Indian heritage was called a “terrorist” and shot in the face.
According to police, the robber demanded money from the store worker, led him to a back room where he put the barrel of his rifle into the man’s mouth. The victim reported that the robber called him a "terrorist" and said he used to kill people like him in Iraq.
“We believe the shooting was motivated at least in part by the recent spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric spread by some public figures and by the mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
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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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