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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Charges in Case of Woman Burned with Lighter Fluid in Wisconsin

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime charges in the case of a biracial woman who said she was burned with lighter fluid in downtown Madison.

The 18-year-old victim told police her driver’s side window was down and she heard someone yell out a racial slur. She said she saw four white men, one of whom used a spray bottle to put liquid on her face and neck and then threw a lighter at her which cause the liquid to ignite. The woman was able to put the flames out. She went to the hospital where she was treated for burns and will need to continue to seek medical care for her injuries.

SEE: Madison police investigating attack on woman as hate crime

Madison police investigate hate crime after biracial woman burned

In a statement, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“Hate crime charges must be considered whenever there appears to be a bias motive for an attack, and particularly at a time when minority communities are increasingly being targeted by hate.”

Hooper noted that 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 Trump as president.

CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

Yesterday, CAIR unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd.

Video: CAIR Marks Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing with Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,