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CAIR-LA Condemns Los Angeles Hate Attack on 91-Year-Old Man Told ‘Go Back to Mexico’

(ANAHEIM, CA – 7/10/2018) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on a 91-year-old Mexican man in Willowbrook, a city in Los Angeles County.

Rodolfo Rodriguez, who had traveled from Michoacán, Mexico to Willowbrook to visit his grandson, was going for a walk on July 4 when he was assaulted by a group of people.

Rodriguez passed by a woman and a small child and the woman allegedly began beating him with a concrete brick. She reportedly called on a group of men to assist her in assaulting Rodriguez.

A passerby witnessed the beating and reported hearing the woman telling Rodriguez to “go back to your country. Go back to Mexico.”

Rodriguez suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs, and bruises on his face, back and abdomen.

Police are looking for a female suspect and three to four male suspects.

SEE: 91-year-old man beaten with brick, told ‘go back to Mexico’

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/us/mexican-man-beaten-brick-los-angeles/index.html

“We condemn this apparently bias-motivated attack and urge law enforcement authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “Californians of all backgrounds must stand together in the face of growing hatred and division in our state and nation.”      
                                                                                                                       

Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177or by filing a report at:  https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-776-1847 or efields@cair.com

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