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CAIR Decries Decision Not to Charge Louisiana Officers Who Shot Alton Sterling

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/27/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried a decision by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry not to charge two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in July 2016.

SEE: Officers in Alton Sterling Case Won’t Be Charged, Louisiana AG Jeff Landry Says

At the time of the shooting, CAIR called for hearings by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to address that and other police shootings of African-American men.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Congressional Hearings on Police Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota

“The issue of police-involved shootings of African-American men and boys has not gone away and remains a source of marginalization and distrust between police and the communities they seek to protect,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

He noted that CAIR’s Sacramento Valley office recently demanded accountability following the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man in South Sacramento.

SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Valley Demands Accountability for Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man, Stephon Clark

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and white supremacist Trump administration policies and appointments.

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 filing a report at:  

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:  

CAIR’s 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,


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