(HARTFORD, CT, 11/19/2015) â€“ The Connecticut office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) is calling on police around the state to increase patrols near mosques and for Muslim community leaders to review security protocols.
CAIR-CT made that call after shots were fired at a Meriden, Conn., mosque. The FBI is investigating the incident.
â€œWe are extremely concerned about these latest developments in our state and about a growing trend of hate crimes against Muslims and mosques around the country,â€ said CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi. â€œLocal law enforcement has a duty to protect residents and to keep houses of worship safe from these attacks.â€
CAIR-CT is planning several meetings with Muslim leaders and community members to discuss safety measures and to hear their concerns.
Community leaders are also being asked to implement long-term safety measures outlined in CAIRâ€™s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to previous attacks on American mosques.
A free copy of the booklet may be requested by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
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:Â CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, (860) 514-8038, email: Mdhaouadi@cair.com