(DALLAS, TX, 7/6/19) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed the Dallas Police Department’s (DPD) investigation of officers’ Islamophobic and racist Facebook posts.
On Friday, DPD announced it had placed four police officers on administrative leave and put 20 others under internal investigations. In June, The Plain View Project researchers had identified 170 former and current DPD officers behind the hateful and violent posts on social media.
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“While we applaud the Dallas Police Department for starting an investigation into the officers’ Islamophobic, racist and violent posts, we hope that this is done in a transparent manner and the guilty are dealt with appropriately based on the findings of the investigation,” said CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque. “Because these disturbing posts involve such a large number of officers, they are viewed as symptomatic of a deeper problem, and we call on DPD to require a mandatory diversity training of all officers by an independent agency.”
Haque said CAIR offers a booklet, called “A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community,” which outlines basic information about Islamic beliefs that are relevant to law enforcement.
SEE: A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community
In recent days, media outlets have reported a worrisome national trend of offensive posts by police officers.
SEE: The Plain View Project
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861, firstname.lastname@example.org