(CANTON, MI, 6/24/21) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the criminal charge of ethnic intimidation brought against a man who allegedly threatened a Muslim couple in Grand Rapids, Mich.
John Edward Haan was charged yesterday with the state crime of ethnic intimidation for allegedly telling a Muslim woman that was born and raised in Grand Rapids to “go back to where she came from” while shouting expletives. Haan then reportedly pulled a weapon on her and her husband, which prompted them to call 911. The suspect is facing the possibility of a two-year prison sentence if convicted.
SEE: Man charged with ethnic intimidation after confronting Grand Rapids couple at park (Mlive)
“We welcome the charge of ethnic intimidation by the Kent County prosecutor’s office regarding threats allegedly made against a Muslim couple,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “No one residing in or visiting our state should be subjected to verbal and physical threats simply because of their religious identity or attire.”
Walid also expressed his concern about a nationwide tread of rising Islamophobic and xenophobic attacks against Muslims and immigrants in wake of two recent anti-Muslim attacks against two couples in Queens, N.Y.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Muslim Attacks in Queens; Welcomes NYPD Hate Crime Probe
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 586-943-8823, firstname.lastname@example.org