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CAIR-CAN Urges Police to Probe Racist E-Mail

(OTTAWA, CANADA ­ 6/21/05) ­ The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is urging the Edmonton Police to thoroughly investigate the officers involved in circulating a racist e-mail. Reports say that an Edmonton police officer distributed an e-mail citing ten ways for police to deal with Aboriginals. While the content of the e-mail has not been publicly released, Edmonton Police Chief Daryl da Costa has described it as “racist” and “disgusting.” The police force has launched an internal investigation into the incident. In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN said: “CAIR-CAN stands with the Aboriginal community and all Canadians in denouncing the incident. The distribution of racist materials by police officers, who have a great deal of power over the public, causes us great concern. We call on the Edmonton Police Force to thoroughly and transparently investigate the matter and hold accountable all of the officers that were involved.” CONTACT: Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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