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CAIR-Florida Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Noose Found Hanging from Tree in Pinellas County Country Club

CAIR-Florida Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Noose Found Hanging from Tree in Pinellas County Country Club

(MIAMI, FL, 10/24/18) – The Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of an incident involving a noose hanging from a tree at the Belleair Country Club.

According to published media articles, the Belleair Police Chief, William Sohl, related that two workers discovered the noose in an isolated area of the country club. Other officials confirmed that the noose was hanging from a tree with an orange on the ground under the noose at the country club’s maintenance facility.

“From the presidential election’s campaigns up to the midterms, multiple ethnic and religious minorities in Florida have suffered an incessant wave of hate and racism. CAIR-Florida stands strongly against bigotry and hate crimes. We’re calling on the police chief and state and federal law enforcement personnel to investigate this racist incident as a hate crime,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo Amr Ruiz.

About CAIR-Florida / Acerca de CAIR-Florida

CAIR-Florida’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

Media Contact:

Wilfredo Ruiz
CAIR-FL Communications Director
305.502.6749
wRuiz@cair.com

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