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CAIR-FL: Florida Muslim Man Beaten in Front of Fort Pierce Islamic Center

CAIR logo(MIAMI, FL, 7/2/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today reported that a Muslim man was attacked and beaten this morning at the Fort Pierce Islamic Center. 

At around 4:15 this morning, a white truck stopped at the Mosque and a 6-foot-tall white male stepped out uttering racial slurs and foul language. He reportedly said: “You Muslims need to get back to your country.”  The suspect then beat the mosque member causing trauma to his head, also knocking out his tooth.

Abul Rauf Khan, ICNA Relief Assistant Executive Director, witnessed the event and alerted law enforcement authorities. Two St. Lucie County Sheriff deputies arrived at the scene. Approximately one hour after the incident, the Sheriff's department notified the community that the suspect had been arrested.

“This should not have happened. For over two weeks we have been emphasizing that the community from the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce needs to be offered security from the Sheriff's Office. Unfortunately, our requests were repeatedly ignored. Will someone have to be killed for the Sheriff to provide Safety and Security to this Mosque? Muslims are part of the community just like everyone else. It is his duty and responsibility to ensure the safety of all his citizens. We will now be filing a direct complaint with the Governor and the U.S. Department of Justice,” said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida Communications Director.

Several media outlets have covered the Sheriff Department's security detail assignment along with some of the hate incidents and threats that the Islamic Center has witnessed:

SEE: As hate heats up CAIR disputes St. Lucie Sheriff Over Security Detailhttp://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/as-hate-heats-up-cair-disputes-st-lucie-sheriff-ov/nrrFR/  

Video:  CAIR-Florida Seeks St. Lucie Sheriff's Records After Denial of Protection for Mosque https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0g1MP9Ds_E   

Police Refuse to Protect Florida Mosque Helping FBI With Pulse Shooting Investigations http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/01/3794953/florida-mosque-protection

CAIR Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT:

CAIR Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, wruiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749

CAIR Florida's Civil Rights Director, Thania Clevenger, tclevenger@cair.com, 813.514.1414

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