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CAIR-Florida Welcomes Upgraded Aggravated Battery Charge to Man Who Beat Worshiper in Ft. Pierce Mosque

CAIR logo(MIAMI, FL, 8/12/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Florida State Prosecutor Office's filing of a more severe battery charge against Taylor Anthony Mazzanti who attacked a worshiper in front of the Fort Pierce Islamic Center in early July.

Mazzanti was originally charged with aggravated battery; he now faces charges of aggravated battery on the property of a religious institution. Mazzani was rearrested and now faces up to life in prison. He is reported to be at the St. Lucie County jail since he did not post a $100,000 bond imposed by the court.

“We congratulate the State Attorney's office and Assistant State Attorney, Sara Hedges. Any attack on a Muslim or any worshiper in any community should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This type of lawlessness and hate crime has no place in our society. These charges should act as a deterrent for 'would-be' vigilantes' intent on committing violence against American Muslims,” said CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo Amr Ruiz.

CAIR-Florida worked closely to bridge the gap between the Ft. Pierce Sheriff's Department and the Ft. Pierce Islamic Center community to form a working partnership.

CAIR-Florida's 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.

“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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CAIR Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz,, 305.502.6749

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