(DENVER, CO, 10/23/2018)””The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CO) today welcomed hate crime charges against a man who allegedly threatened to kill his “Middle Eastern” Uber driver in Colorado Springs.
According to police reports, the Uber passenger — Sean Scappaticci, 29 — threatened to kill his driver, described as a “mid 20-year-old male of Middle Eastern descent,” because the passenger reportedly “hated all brown people.” The driver was running away when the passenger threatened to “beat him up.” Scappaticci reportedly told his driver that “he was a former Army Ranger.”
“We welcome the hate crime charges filed against the suspect, whose allegedly bias-motivated threats could have resulted in violence,” said CAIR-CO Vice-Chair Krista Cole.“ These charges not only take a stand against threats of violence, but they also push back against the racism, bigotry and Islamophobia that have spread throughout the nation.”
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
Earlier today, condemned Donald Trump’s use of a racist and Islamophobic “dog whistle” to promote his “divisive political agenda” prior to the midterm elections. In a tweet this morning, Trump claimed – without offering evidence – that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico toward the United States border.
The Washington-based organization’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-CO Vice-Chair Krista Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 501-0961