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CAIR-MI Welcomes Firing of Lansing Officer for Sending Racist Message, Calls for Greater Transparency

(CANTON, MI, 5/20/21) – 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 recent firing of a Lansing, Mich., police officer for sending a racist message to fellow officers.

The Lansing Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed with the decision of the police chief to fire the unnamed officer after their review of an internal affairs investigation. The Lansing City Attorney’s Office, however, has denied requests from the Lansing State Journal to release the name of the fired officer.

SEE: Chief: Lansing police officer fired for sending racist message to coworkers (Lansing State Journal)

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2021/05/18/lansing-police-officer-fired-sending-racist-message-coworkers/5154323001/

“Though we welcome the firing of the police officer for sending out a racist message, we call on the Lansing Police Department to not shield the name of the officer and to immediately release that person’s name to the public,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “The public has a right to know the name of this officer in order to hold accountable other police departments in our state that may consider hiring this officer. An officer who was fired due to racism has no place on any police force in our state or nation.” 

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.    

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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