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CAIR-Cleveland Calls for Hate Crime Charges Against Far-Right Gang Leader for Assaulting Black Woman

(CLEVELAND, OH, 2/28/2022) – The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today called on law enforcement authorities to pursue hate crime charges for a far-right gang leader who allegedly assaulted a Black woman in Akron, Ohio.  

A video recorded early Sunday morning shows Andrew Walls, vice president of the Akron-Canton chapter of the far-right Proud Boys, shouting racial slurs at a Black woman before punching her in the face. The woman reportedly heard Walls shouting the n-word and told him to stop before the assault.  

Walls has been charged with assault and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Akron police are reportedly considering an added ethnic intimidation charge.  

SEE: Proud Boys Leader Yells Racist Slurs Before Attacking Black Woman

“This appalling assault was clearly an act of racist hate and must be prosecuted as such by law enforcement,” said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson. “As violent racism continues to rise nationwide, it is essential that incidents like this are taken seriously.” 

She said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.     

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CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson,; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,