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CAIR-MI Urges ‘Robust’ Charges for Shooting Targeting Unarmed African-American Teen

CAIR-MI_Urges_Robust_Charges_for_Shooting_Targeting_Unarmed_African-American_Teen.png(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/13/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on Oakland County prosecutors to “robustly” charge a man who discharged his firearm on an unarmed African-American teen.

On Thursday, the teenager went to a home in Rochester Hills asking for directions after becoming lost on his way to school. A man in the house reportedly brandished a firearm at the teen and then opened fire at him as he ran for his life.

SEE: Michigan homeowner fires gun at teen who knocked on the door to ask for directions (WDIV Channel 4)

The shooter is currently in law enforcement custody while prosecutors are deliberating potential charges.

“The shooter should be robustly charged according to our state’s criminal law for shooting at the unarmed teen who simply came to a home asking for directions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We suspect that the alleged shooter may have been motivated to attempt to murder the unarmed teen due to racial bias.”

Walid noted that CAIR-MI was involved in calling for justice in similar case when an unarmed black teen, Renisha McBride, was fatally shot in 2013 by a white male after seeking help after a car accident.

SEE: “Criminalizing Black Corpses”: No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride (Democracy NOW!)

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America’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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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