(PHOENIX, ARIZONA, 1/19/18) — The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Arizona) today called on Tucson police to treat an alleged attack on a group of Muslim women in that state as a hate crime.
According to news reports, the women were sitting at the coffee shop in Tucson when the suspect reportedly yelled racist and anti-Muslim slurs, flipped over their table and broke the phone of one of the women. The alleged attacker, who police say was armed with knives, was charged with seven counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault with no injuries, and two counts of criminal damage.
“The fact that the alleged attacker was carrying knives could have resulted in a potentially deadly escalation of this disturbing incident,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi. “Because of the reported use of racial and religious slurs by the suspect, we urge that this case be treated as a felony hate crime.”
Arizona does not have a stand-alone criminal violation for hate crimes, but does allow enhanced penalties for such crimes. (ARS 13-701)
CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents and is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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