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CAIR-Colorado Welcomes Hate Crime Charges Against Man Who Allegedly Ran Over Sikh Store Owner

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/22/2020) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CO), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges against a man who allegedly ran over a Sikh store owner with his car in Lakewood, Colorado. 

The driver was charged with attempted murder, assault and harassment. The victim spent 65 days in the hospital recovering from serious injuries.

SEE: Hate crime charge announced against man who allegedly ran over Lakewood store owner

In a statement, CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole said:

“We welcome these hate crime charges because they reflect the seriousness of a crime that was allegedly rooted in a hateful and aggressive bias. We must address this type of bigotry at its roots before it grows into violence targeting minority communities.”

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

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com, CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, kcole@cair.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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