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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe into Assault Targeting N.C. Asian Restaurant Employee

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/23/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation into an alleged assault targeting a restaurant employee in Pineville, N.C. 

The employee was reportedly attacked after a customer who felt he was being ignored called him a name and asked if he knew what country he was in. According to the police report, the employee lost teeth, has internal injuries and broken bones. The suspected perpetrator has been charged with assault causing serious bodily injury.  

SEE: North Carolina restaurant worker says he was beaten because of his race

“We call on law enforcement authorities to launch a hate crime investigation into this disturbing assault and to bring appropriate charges,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison. “Anti-Asian hate crimes are rising nationwide and it is essential that law enforcement take every potential case seriously.” 

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry.   

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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.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,