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CAIR Demands Removal of Jacob Blake’s Hospital Bed Shackles, Says Police Shooting Victim is Being ‘Tortured’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/28/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today demanded that law enforcement authorities end their “torture” of Jacob Blake, who is reportedly shackled to his hospital bed 

Blake’s father told CNN that despite the fact that his son cannot walk due to injuries suffered in the recent Kenosha, Wis., police shooting, authorities have him shackled to the bed. 

SEE: Jacob Blake shackled to bed, father says: ‘Why do they have that cold steel on my son’s ankle?’

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

“Shackling an unconscious man who cannot walk — as a result of police brutality — to his hospital bed is an act of torture. The use of handcuffs only compounds the injustice done to Mr. Blake and sends the false message that he, not the officer who shot him seven times in the back, poses a danger to society. The shackles on Jacob Blake must be removed, and local authorities must treat him with the respect he deserves as both a medical patient and a human being.”

He said Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.       

SEE: CAIR Supports Miss. Student Walk Out to Protest ‘White Power’ Shout, Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Beating of ‘Middle Eastern’ Man in Nebraska 

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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 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,    

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