(MONTGOMERY, AL, 12/31/2019) – The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for corrective action after officers posted on social media a ”˜Homeless Quilt’ that ridiculed homeless people, to insure no member of the department engages in similar activity in the future.
The Facebook post showed two police officers, holding a “homeless quilt” made of cardboard signs that were allegedly confiscated from homeless community members seeking aid and assistance.
The post read: “Wanna wish everybody in the 4th precinct a Merry Christmas, especially our captain. Hope you enjoy our homeless quilt. Sincerely Panhandler patrol.”
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“We condemn the inconsiderate language of the post by individuals who are supposed to protect, rather than ridicule the citizens they serve,” said Ali Massoud, government affairs coordinator for CAIR-Alabama. “More disturbing is that Mobile's Director of Public Safety, James Barber, defended the officers. His insensitivity indicates no meaningful action will be taken to prevent such crass behavior in the future. It is evident real action, starting at the top, is needed.”
The Washington-based 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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.