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CAIR Calls for Missouri Hate Crime Probe of Feces Smeared on Black Woman’s Car

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a black woman’s car in Springfield, Mo., as a possible hate crime.

The woman, an immigrant from Kenya, said she went for a run and when she returned to her vehicle it was covered in feces and the right-side tires were flattened. The incident coincided with a Black Lives Matter march in Springfield.

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“Because of the nature of the vandalism and the background of the victim, and coming as it did on the same day as a local anti-racist march, we ask local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali, Yasir.ali@cair-mo.org

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