(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 3/24/10) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday participated in a rally calling for a citizens review board for the Hamtramck Police, which reflects community demographics and calling for an end to racial profiling.
The rally, which was organized by the Hamtramck branch of the NAACP was sparked after the arrest of an elderly African-American Baptist pastor for inquiring into why the Hamtramck Police performed a traffic stop on a family member.
SEE: Hamtramck Police Under Fire After Minister’s Arrest (Detroit Free Press)
Speakers at the rally attended by some 200 people from the African-American, Yemeni-American, and Bengali-American communities included representatives from the NAACP, the office of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the National Lawyers Guild and CAIR-MI.
“We stand with other civil rights advocates calling for regularly scheduled sensitivity trainings for Hamtramck Police officers and an end to racial profiling,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
Walid also notes that Hamtramck is the most densely populated city of Muslims in Michigan with approximately 50% of its residents being Muslim from Bengali-American, Yemeni-American, Bosnian-American and African-American backgrounds.
CAIR is 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: email@example.com