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CAIR Demands Independent Probe, Accountability Following N.C. Police Shooting

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/16)  – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today demanded an independent investigation and for police accountability after a Charlotte, N.C., police officer fatally shot an African-American man while serving a warrant for a different person. Police claim the man they shot had a gun, while family members say he did not own a weapon.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was fatally shot by an African-American officer at an apartment complex on the city's northeast side. Scott’s daughter says that her father was unarmed and that he was sitting in the car reading a book waiting on his son to get off a bus from school. Protests erupted following the shooting.

Charlotte Police Shooting: Protests Erupt After Officer Kills Man

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“The many deadly incidents of police targeting apparently unarmed African-American men occurring nationwide mandate not only independent investigations by both state and federal authorities, but also accountability by local police and public officials. Lack of accountability perpetuates a disregard for the lives of African-Americans.â€

Yesterday, CAIR’s Oklahoma chapter called on state officials to ensure a “fair and transparent†investigation into the police shooting death of Terence Crutcher, and welcomed the U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation into the shooting. Crutcher, an unarmed 40-year-old father of three, was fatally shot by a Tulsa Police officer on Friday after his vehicle broke down on two-lane highway in North Tulsa.

SEE: CAIR-OK Seeks ‘Fair and Transparent’ Probe of Police Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT:  CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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