(LEXINGTON, KY, 2/5/20) â€“Â The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today condemned an apparent assault at a Walmart in Lexington, Ky., in which the white suspect allegedly grabbed an African-American woman by the neck saying he was making a â€œnoose.â€
That alleged assault is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
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Lexington police investigating possible hate crime at Walmart. See the video.
Kentucky man pretended to make a noose and then grabbed a black woman’s neck, police say
Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect to call 859-258-3600.
â€œWe condemn the apparent bias motive for this incident and urge religious and political leaders in our state to respond to this alleged assault by speaking out against bigotry and the targeting of minority communities,â€ said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, (859) 545-0651,Â wMuhammad@cair.com