(Washington, D.C., 8/13/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for an investigation of a Louisiana police officer’s Islamophobic Facebook post.
Joey Hester, former Shreveport police officer and current part-time police officer in the town of Blanchard, shared an anti-Muslim social media post on his personal Facebook account with the text: “90 Muslims across the U.S. are running for office. This is how it starts! Beware, stay informed!” Hester is running for a seat in the Shreveport City Council.
“Joey Hester’s clearly bigoted and Islamophobic views seriously bring into question his ability to impartially serve and protect all Blanchard town residents, especially its Muslim community,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We call on the Blanchard Police Department to investigate whether Hester violated and department or town policies by re-posting anti-Muslim materials.”
Last Thursday in the state of Virginia, CAIR called on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to rebuke At-large Chair, Corey Stewart’s apparent Islamophobic attack on Twitter using the slur “ISIS commie” against Michigan democratic primary candidate Abdul El-Sayed.
Hours after CAIR’s call for rebuke, Stewart released the initial statement: “One of my vendors put out a tweet last night that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS, because he apparently received support from purported extremists. I don't believe in guilt by association. I have been the target of very similar smears, and I don't believe in using such tactics against others." That response however failed to adequately dismiss the patently false assertions against El-Sayed and on Friday, Stewart issued the statement: “My vendor put out a tweet that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS. There is no evidence supporting this assertion. I don't believe in guilt-by-association – I have been the target of very similar smears, and I won't use such tactics against others.”
CAIR also condemned another Islamophobic social media post last Thursday made by a Florida Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain, who posted on Facebook, “We can’t let the colonization of Islam and sharia law take over of America,” and that he is, “against the political take over of the world by their Sharia system of law,” along with additional anti-Muslim and white supremacist comments in defense of his original claim.
CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist public officials and government employees that have been given a platform for their bigotry under the Trump administration.
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.