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CAIR-Arizona Asks That Attack on Muslim Women in Tucson Be Treated as Hate Crime

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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.

SEE: Muslim Women Attacked, Threatened Near Campus

“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)

SEE: Hate Crimes and Bias-based Incidents

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.

SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

A New FBI Report Says Hate Crimes – Especially Against Muslims Went Up in 2016

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:       

Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420, or by filing a report at:     

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-704-3786,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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