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CAIR Calls for Bias Probe of N.C. Police Shooting of Jonathan Ferrell

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/13) –- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on North Carolina and federal authorities to launch an investigation of a possible bias motive for the shooting of an unarmed African-American man by a white police officer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell early Saturday morning after the former college football player survived a car crash and sought help in the middle of the night. A frightened woman reportedly called police after he pounded on her door. Officer Kerrick, who has been was charged with voluntary manslaughter, fired his weapon 12 times, hitting Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell died at the scene. State civil rights leaders are calling for stepped-up citizen oversight of police in response to the incident.

SEE: Man Shot in North Carolina Was a Former FAMU Football Player
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/jonathan-ferrell-killed_n_3931282.html

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:“The facts of this case point toward excessive force, beyond the original charge of voluntary manslaughter, being used by the officer involved in the shooting and should be a sufficient basis for state and federal civil rights investigations of this troubling incident. All too often, we have seen such tragedies develop based on racial or ethnic stereotypes and prejudice.”

We also repeat our call for members of the Congress to endorse the End Racial Profiling Act, which would eliminate profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement.”CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com

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