(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 7/21/14) — The MichiganÂ chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on law enforcement authorities and public officials to investigate an alleged attack on a Muslim woman in a shopping mall parking lot in Okemos as aÂ possible hate crime.
On Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m.,Â a witness reported that two men and a woman surrounded a Muslim woman at the Meridian MallÂ and attempted to pull her dress andÂ face veil off,Â thenÂ knocked her to the ground. The alleged assailantsÂ alsoÂ reportedly shouted expletives at theÂ 26-year-old womanÂ during the incident.Â
“We urge state, local and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident and to make every effort to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We urge public officials to speak out against the anti-Muslim hate that can lead to such attacks.”
Walid also noted thatÂ theÂ victim was hospitalized for 36 hours complaining of chest pain and numbness in her left armÂ due to the incident.
CAIR-MIÂ is a chapter of America'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-MIÂ Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com;Â CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,Â 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org