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CAIR-Chicago Welcomes Resignation of Police Union Leader who Made Anti-Muslim Comments

(CHICAGO, IL, 11/17/2021) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today welcomed the resignation of a police union leader who made violent anti-Muslim statements.

John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, Chicago’s largest police union, yesterday resigned from the Chicago Police Department. Cantanzara said he would rather leave the department than go through with a disciplinary hearing he called a “farce.” The hearing, which started Monday, was centered on Cantanzara’s alleged actions and statements. In social media posts, Cantanzara called Muslims “savages” who “all deserve a bullet.” He also compared Chicago’s city employee vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany, appeared in uniform to promote Trump and expressed sympathy for the January 6th Capitol insurrection. Cantanzara said he will remain president of the police union. He also expressed intentions to run for mayor of Chicago.

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In a statement, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said:

“John Cantanzara has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not fit to enforce the law. His extreme bigotry and prejudice, blatant disregard for basic human decency, and long record of violations have been a disgrace to the police force and the city of Chicago. We welcome news of his resignation, and urge the Chicago Police Department to combat Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry in its ranks.”

Rehab noted that CAIR-Chicago has previously called for Cantanzara’s firing.

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CAIR-Chicago is the Chicago Chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Our mission is to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance.


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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