(LEXINGTON, KY, 10/29/18) — The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat a deadly shooting at a Jeffersontown, Ky., Kroger that left an African-American woman and man dead as a hate crime.
Police say that minutes before the alleged gunman entered the grocery store he tried to get into a predominantly African-American church. The shooter reportedly told an armed white civilian when leaving the Kroger that “whites don’t shoot whites.”
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“As with the recent nationwide mail bomb attack and the horrific massacre at the Pittsburgh synagogue, this deadly incident should also be treated as a hate crime by federal law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad.
On Saturday, CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following the deadly attack on a synagogue in that city.
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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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-KY Chair Waheedah Muhammad, 859-296-0206, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-KY Board Member Jamil Farooqui, 859-358-5430