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CAIR-Chicago Calls for Hate Crime Probe into Pekin, Illinois Racist Vandalism 

(CHICAGO, IL, 11/16/2021) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today called for a hate crime probe into racist vandalism targeting a woman in Pekin, Illinois.

On Saturday, Pekin police were called after a woman discovered the words “white power,” a racial slur, and swastikas spray painted on her car and three of the car’s tires deflated. The woman said she suspects the perpetrator targeted her because she has two biracial children and her best friend is Black. Police said they have leads they are working on but need help from the local community, and have asked anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward. Police said the vandalism was criminal damage to property, and the State Attorney would determine whether or not it constitutes a hate crime. 

SEE: Pekin Police investigating racist graffiti

‘Just completely threw me off’: Pekin woman finds car vandalized with racist language

“This disturbing attack shows all the signs of being motivated by hate,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. “We call on police to launch a hate crime investigation and urge authorities nationwide to take seriously the threat of violent racism and white supremacy.”

CAIR-Chicago is the Chicago office of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.               


CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166,; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Saadia Pervaiz, 312-212-1520,; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Hannah Faris, 312-212-1520,

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