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CAIR Calls for Transparency in Police Investigation into Arrest of ‘Good Samaritan’

(Baltimore, Md., 11/28/18) –  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for transparency in a police investigation of the circumstances that led to a Silver Spring man’s detainment and arrest after he reportedly assisted an inebriated neighbor home in Montgomery County, Maryland on November 17. 

In a video that has gone viral on social media, 23-year-old Samir Ahmed is seen surrounded by police officers holding him facedown against the trunk of a car parked outside of what is believed to be his home. 

SEE: A black man helped his drunk neighbor get home ”” and got arrested

Officers were reportedly called to assist the intoxicated neighbor, who had already been helped to safety by Ahmed. 

In the video, Ahmed’s friends and neighbors are seen visibly disturbed as they tell police that he did nothing wrong, protesting: “He helped the man. He helped him! Y’all got him detained for absolutely nothing!”

Ahmed told the Washington Post that he believes he was racially profiled and arrested because he is black. 

The Montgomery County Police Department released a statement Wednesday that they are aware of concerns related to this case. It reads in part: 

“The Department is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the arrest to determine if any department policies, procedures or laws were violated during the incident. This assessment will include a review of the responding officers’ body-worn camera footage.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062


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