(LOS ANGELES, CA – 2/4/2020) â€“Â The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for a hate crime investigation of a group of anti-Muslim, pro-Trump agitators who disrupted an educational forum for the 25th Congressional District candidates on Feb. 1 in Palmdale, Calif.
Some seven to 10 people disrupted the forum, co-sponsored by CAIR-LA and the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley. As one of the forum participants denounced Trumpâ€™s Muslim Ban, a member of the audience began shouting in support of Trump.
As other candidates spoke, members of the audience continually yelled comments. One member of the audience yelled:
â€œAre you Islamic? American values are not Islamic values.â€ Another member of the audience threated to pull off another attendeeâ€™s hijab, or Islamic head scarf.
The event quickly devolved into screaming and yelling and the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Department was called in to break up the event.
SEE:Â Pro-Trump Group Disrupts Forum
Video: Pro-Trump, Anti-Muslim Group Disrupts Calif. Muslim Community Candidates’ Forum
In a statement CAIR-LA Executive DirectorÂ Hussam AyloushÂ said:
â€œIt is sad that a group of bigots would choose to disrupt something as American as a forum to allow voters to hear from candidates running for public office. Their actions showed a lack of decency and respect for the voters attempting to learn more about people wanting to represent them in Congress. We take the threats against a woman wearing a hijab seriously. We ask for the L.A. County Sheriffâ€™s Department to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.â€
Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at:Â Â https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.
CAIR-LA is Southern Californiaâ€™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.Â
CONTACT:Â CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 orÂ email@example.com