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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Arrest of Police Officers Involved in Choking Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/26/2020) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today called for the immediate arrest of the two Police officers involved in choking and killing George Floyd. 

CAIR-Minnesota cited a video showing a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on an African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s clear statement that he could not breathe. The man later died. FBI officials say they are investigating the incident.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he believes that race played a part in the incident. He said: “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When year hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.”

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“We are shocked and saddened to the core after watching George Floyd die,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota. “It’s a dark day in Minneapolis to see an innocent man plead for his life and be choked to death by those who are supposed to protect and serve.”

Hussein added that there is enough video evidence that the officers involved in this case be immediately arrested pending appropriate charges. 

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,