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CAIR-MI Seeks Independent Probe of Muslim Officer’s Bias Claims

(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 5/25/05) – The Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called for an independent investigation into allegations that police officers in Canton, Mich., discriminated against and harassed a Muslim colleague on the basis of his ethnicity and religion. CAIR-MI says that a lawsuit filed by the Muslim officer’s attorneys accuses a supervisor and other colleagues of making several discriminatory statements. In one instance, a defendant allegedly said to the Muslim officer: “I can’t remember your first name, what is it, Saddam Hussein?” In another instance, the plaintiff allegedly overheard a conversation between officers that stating that “all Arabic people should be nuked.” SEE: “Ex-Canton Cop Claims Harassment in Suit” http://www.freep.com/news/locway/canton26e_20050526.htm

The lawsuit also claims that prior to filing a complaint with the chief of police, the plaintiff was told that he was performing well in his job. After complaining to his supervisors, the plaintiff was reportedly told to either accept it or confront the individuals himself. A disturbing chain of incidents allegedly occurred thereafter and the plaintiff was discharged from his position as a police officer. After an investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated “There is reasonable cause to believe that the charging party’s (Plaintiff) allegations are true.” “Ethnic and religious intimidation is absolutely unacceptable,” said CAIR-MI Board Member Haaris Ahmad, Esq. “The fact that such behavior is allegedly being displayed by local law enforcement officers is both disappointing and disturbing.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

CONTACT: Haaris Ahmad, 734-652-0345, E-Mail: cairmichigan@yahoo.com; Misbah Shahid, 248-569-2203, E-Mail: cairmichigan@yahoo.com

 

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