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CAIR-Michigan Calls for Disciplinary Action Against Officer Who Told Arab-American Family to ‘Go Back Where You Came From’

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 7/5/19) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for disciplinary action against a Brownstown Township, Mich., police officer who reportedly admitted on video that he told an Arab-American family to “go back where you came from.”

Media reports indicate that the officer defended his comments, claiming he meant “go back” to the state of Illinois. Lake Erie Metropark Police have launched an internal investigation.

SEE: Video of Officer Goes Viral Following Alleged Racist Remark Against Arab American Family

Investigation Underway on Alleged Racist Remark Made by Lake Erie Metropark Officer

“Lake Erie Metropark Police should conclude their investigation of this troubling incident as quickly as possible and take appropriate disciplinary action based on the results of that investigation,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “The officer’s excuse for his remarks rings hollow given the spike in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment we have seen nationwide prompted by Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Walid said CAIR offers a booklet, called “A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community,” which outlines basic information about Islamic beliefs that are relevant to law enforcement. 

SEE: A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community

Earlier this year, CAIR released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.

The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in often-fatal anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.

New CAIR Report: Anonymous Donors Use Mainstream Philanthropic Groups to Funnel Millions to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups

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.


CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,

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