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BREAKING: CAIR Calls for Criminal Probe of Possible Bias Motive in Maryland Hit and Run Incident Targeting Palestinian-American Muslim Family

(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/21/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a “criminal investigation” of a possible bias motive for a potentially-deadly vehicular hit and run targeting a Palestinian-American Muslim family in Maryland.

Five members of the Muslim family, including four Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves (hijab), pulled to the side of the road and inside the yellow line on I-95 in Harford County, Md., to retrieve an item from the trunk of the vehicle.

[MEDIA ADVISORY: Members of the Muslim family are available for interviews. CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com]

When one of the sisters, who was wearing hijab, opened the passenger side door half-way — which did not extend beyond the yellow line (see photos) — and was attempting to exit the vehicle, she reportedly made eye contact with an approaching driver who then allegedly swerved and hit her door, narrowly missing the Muslim woman in what could have been a deadly impact. The Muslim witnesses say the driver made no attempt to slow down and sped away from the scene of the collision.

A nearby Maryland State patrol officer chased the vehicle and stopped it about one-quarter mile down the freeway. The officer allegedly sought to excuse the driver’s actions and instead seemed to place blame on the Muslim women. The driver who hit the women’s vehicle was not detained and was allowed to continue on his way. The Muslim women believe the accident may have been captured on the officer’s dash camera. A police report is pending. (Maryland State Police Case# 21-MSP-024116, Collision Information Exchange Form)

SEE PHOTOS OF COLLISION:

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/HitandRun.png

In a statement, the director of CAIR’s Maryland office Zainab Chaudry said:

“There must be a criminal investigation into every aspect of this disturbing incident, including the alleged actions and lack of remorse of the driver — who narrowly missed seriously injuring a member of this Muslim family before driving away from the scene — and the lack of appropriate action by the responding officer. Given the recent deadly vehicular attack on a Muslim family in Canada, law enforcement must also investigate whether bias motivated this incident, and take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.” 

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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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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