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CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Man Accused of Hate Crime Hit-and-Run in Torrance

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 7/14/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the arrest of a man charged with attacking on a group of Black people outside a Torrance hotel last month.

According KTLA/5, Dennis Wyman started a confrontation by yelling racial slurs at a group of African-Americans in the parking lot of the Staybridge Suites at 19901 Prairie Ave.

Wyman, 42, then allegedly got into his vehicle and accelerated toward one of the victims,

The father of one victim went to the hotel to help, and Wyman continued to hurl epithets while using his vehicle to hit the man, the DA’s office said. The victim hit by the car was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Prosecutors say Wyman assaulted two victims before fleeing the scene in his car. He was arrested during a traffic stop on July 8. Wyman is scheduled to be arraigned today. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 12 years in state prison.

SEE: Hate crime, hit-and-run charges filed in attack on African Americans outside Torrance hotel

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

“We are grateful this individual was apprehended and appropriately charged with a hate crime. The American Muslim community – many of whom are African-American – stands against racism and the violence that so often accompanies it.”

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:  https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.

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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