Victim of assault says ‘as a Muslim guided by my faith, I forgive them’
(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/30/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed developments in the investigation into last week’s brutal attack on a Muslim civilian employee of the Baltimore City Police Department, while emphasizing community healing and prioritizing restorative justice alternatives for one youth suspect taken into police custody earlier today.
Baltimore police arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with last week's beating and robbery targeting a civilian employee of the Baltimore City Police Department. Police are still seeking at least two other suspects in the July 24 attack.
SEE: Police Arrest Teen in Assault, Robbery of BPD Civilian Employee
15-Year-Old Arrested in BPD Civilian Employee’s Brutal Beating, Robbery
CAIR had offered a reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the suspects and urged anyone with knowledge about the crime to immediately contact the Baltimore City Police Department.
In a statement issued through CAIR, the victim said:
“I’m glad that the suspect is in custody so no one else is hurt. From my personal point of view, as a Muslim guided by my faith, I forgive them. Law enforcement is handling the case, and justice will run its course. They will have to face consequences, but it’s very important for them to get the help they need to become productive citizens of Baltimore.”
In a statement, said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry said:
“On behalf of the survivor of last week’s attack, CAIR commends the officers who have been working tirelessly on this case, and thanks community partners who have stepped up to offer support. When young people engage in these kinds of brutal attacks, they are often themselves also victims of broken systems, of biased policies, and of structural racism that contributes to this vicious cycle of violence. We want to emphasize prioritizing rehabilitative solutions rather than criminalizing and incarcerating the youth who were involved.”
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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, email@example.com, 410-971-6062