(CINCINNATI, OHIO, 12/5/14) — The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today called for an “independent and transparent” investigation of five Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies who allegedly sent racist text messages on their personal phones while on duty.
The messages came to light after the officers' phone records were turned over to the NAACP's Dayton chapter by an anonymous source.
One message stated, “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees,” while another read, “I hate n—–s. That is all.”
Two of the officers have been named and are currently on leave with pay as the investigation moves forward. Three of the officers have not been suspended and have not been named.
“CAIR supports an independent and transparent investigation of these racist messages and calls for all the officers to be relieved of their duties if they are found to have participated in this egregious and biased behavior,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub.
“Officers carry the heavy responsibility of upholding and enforcing the law and must be held to the highest standards of integrity and accountability,” said Dabdoub. “Those officers who demonstrate such a total lack of respect for the communities they serve can no longer be trusted to protect and serve the people of color within those communities.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, Executive Director, 513-281-8200, firstname.lastname@example.org; Booker Washington, Staff Attorney, 513-281-8200, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org