CAIR-Sacramento Condemns Racist Attack on African-American Man in Redding

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 3/11/19) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned an attack on an African-American man in Redding, Calif., that police are calling a hate crime.

READ: Redding man is facing hate crime charge after hitting a black man with his car Sunday morning (Sac Bee)

The victim reported that on Sunday morning he was sitting in his parked vehicle when the suspect - later identified as Zackary Miller, 23 - drove by, hitting the side-view mirror of the victim's car.

The victim confronted Miller, and Miller and others in a nearby blue Pontiac began calling the victim racial slurs, according to a Redding police report. Miller then backed his car into the victim, who was thrown to the ground and whose cellphone was broken. The nearby Pontiac then also backed into the victim, knocking him back down. Drivers of both vehicles fled the scene.

Officers were able to identify the suspect as Miller with the help of a photo taken by the victim. The suspect was tracked down at a house known for criminal activity. Law enforcement surrounded the house at 4:40 p.m. Sunday and arrested 14 individuals, including Miller.

Miller was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, a hate crime enhancement, possession of illegal drugs for sale, felony warrants and a probation hold.

In a statement, CAIR-SV's Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem said:

"CAIR-Sacramento Valley condemns this disturbing hateful attack in Redding. We welcome the hate crime charges against the suspect and encourage law enforcement to pursue the same charges against the second driver as well. We must come together to emphatically reject hatred and bigotry to ensure this surge of hate attacks against our communities comes to an end."

There has been a 17.4 percent spike in California hate crimes from 2016 to 2017, according to a report by the attorney general. Hate crimes against black or African American individuals in the state saw a 20.3 percent increase over the same time period.

READ: Hate Crime in California

READ: Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year, state report says (L.A. Times)

CAIR California (CAIR-CA) found a marked rise in anti-Muslim bias incidents in California in 2017, as detailed in its Civil Rights Report. CAIR-CA recorded an 8 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 compared to 2016.

READ: 2018 CAIR-CA Civil Rights Report

Sweilem urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-SV's Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report at http://bit.ly/cairsvreport.

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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or kkipling@cair.com

 


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  • M. Adam Hensic
    commented 2019-03-13 05:11:07 -0400
    I was grocery shopping with my wife at Foodmax in Linda, CA.

    I was just turning the corner around an aisle, when a man confronted me abruptly. He was asking if I was Muslim and what the hell does my shirt mean in an angry tone. I told him that I am muslim and just shopping. He then proceeded to threaten me stating that he should kill me! He said he should kill my wife! He said he wanted to kill all f****ing Muslims in America. I immediately dialed 911 and a sherif was dispatched to the location. The man had already left the location by the time a Yuba County sheriff’s deputy arrived.
    The deputy really did not seem to care or take this serious. I was in shock and complete disbelief that the deputy actually stared to take photographs of me and the shirt that I was wearing!!! Does my shirt justify threats on my life???

    The shirt “First They Came For The Muslims And We Said (”Not This Time")"

    I told the deputy, "Just imagine if me, as a Muslim man, who served in the United States Army would have made threats to kill someone. Just imagine if the situational environment was reversed. I have no doubt that the deputy (you) not only would have taken the situation serious. I would probably have been arrested or even worse, possibly even shot dead……..

    I gave the license plate number of the this violent man to deputy. I also gave him a photo of the man who threaten to kill me and my wife. Additionally, the man hit my arm as I photograghed him. He hurt my arm and damaged my phone.

    The deputy said I should just let it go, whatever that means I am unclear. I told the deputy that I would not let it go. I told him to kindly do his job and make a full report. When I got home the same deputy called me and again urged me to “let it go”.

    A few days later in Marysville, CA a Sihk man was punched in the face. By mistaken identity the suspect hit the victim because he said he hates muslims.

    This is not my 1st issue as a revert muslim living in Yuba City. I was once pumping fuel at a local gas station. It was right after I had left our local Masjid. A sheriff deputy pulled into the gas station and drove around the pumps in a circle staring me down. Then stopped, rolled down his patrol car window and asked me what was I doing?

    I just should my head in confusion, answered back. I’m getting fuel.
    As soon as I left the gas station I was pulled over by a CHP officer who claimed I was exceeding the speed limit. Fortunately, I know enough about how law enforcement works, so I fought the ticket in court myself and the judge sided with me. Of course, I was not speeding. The sheriff had radioed a (BOLO) be on the lookout. The CHP officer pulled me over just to be nosey because I was religiously profiled. I knew it and explained it to the judge who sided with me.

    Please my dear brothers and sisters, take caution and be aware of your surroundings. We are being targeted and this injustice needs to be heard and fixed.

    Not only is hate crime on the rise, but hatred and bias law enforcement who refuse to help victims. I am American born, a revert to Islam. I served my country with some of the best of my years. As a muslim I am treated as a second class citizen sometimes. Not just publicly, but by the very same individuals who’ve taken an oath to protect and serve. I am outraged, hurt, and very concerned about Yuba County and the surrounding areas double standard.

    Please, I respectfully ask if anyone can advise me or help bring these unjust actions to the proper channels, so that local and state officials can grasp the reality of religious intolerance. They must not turn a blind eye to us just because of our faith. I made an e-mail address in you sincerely have any advise please message me at whatchingentertain@gmail.com

    I will give my name only after correspondence. I can obtain records of all accounts. My goal is justice and for tolerance for Muslims.