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CAIR-LA, Temecula Mosque Welcome Resignation of Temecula Mayor After Email About Police, Racism

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 6/6/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley (ICTV) today welcomed the resignation of Temecula Mayor James Stewart after being criticized for an email in which he said he mistakenly wrote he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer.”

According to the Riverside Press, Stewart said the word “good” was accidentally added to an email he dictated Tuesday responding to a resident who asked what Temecula was doing about police violence and racism against black people.

The email was posted on social media after public outcry. On Thursday, Stewart apologized and said he would decide whether he would resign, which he did later that night.

READ: Temecula mayor quits council after email about police, racism

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“Two weeks after George Floyd was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis as the result of police brutality and less than three months after Breonna Taylor was murdered in her home by police who broke in unannounced, statements like Mr. Stewart’s are definitely not welcome. All prejudice is unacceptable, but it is very dangerous when it is expressed by elected officials.”

In a statement, ICTV Chairman of the Board of Directors Mahmoud Zubaidi said:

“Elected officials should be working towards assuring their constituents that Black lives matter just as much as every other life. We commend the statement of Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards, who said Temecula was “poised to close this chapter” and keep fighting against racial injustice.” 

CAIR-LA is Southern California’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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com

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