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CAIR Decries Dismissal of Hate Crime Charges in Murder of Maryland Student

(BALTIMORE, MD, 12/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried yesterday’s ruling by Circuit Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. to dismiss hate crime charges in the murder of Bowie State University student 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III on May 20,  2017, in Maryland. 

SEE: A judge threw out the hate crime charge for a Maryland student accused of killing a black US Army lieutenant (CNN)

Collins, who is African-American, was allegedly stabbed to death by a white male suspect, Sean Urbanski, while waiting with friends of different races at a bus stop near the University of Maryland, College Park. The ROTC student had recently been commissioned into the Army and was days away from graduation. 

“The charges in this tragic case should reflect the clear evidence that the suspect had direct ties to white supremacist groups,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Our hearts go out to the family as we continue to demand full justice for their son.” 

“Justice is never in the eyes of the beholder,” said Annapolis-based Caucus of African-American Leaders President Carl Snowden. “It’s found in the righteous indignation of oppressed people.”

Police confirmed Urbanski was a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich” and possessed racist images and content on his phone. The group exhibits extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African-Americans, according to University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell. 

CAIR condemned the murder when it occurred in 2017. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

The civil rights organization’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.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062

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