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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vehicular Harassment Targeting Muslim Family

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 12/31/18) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the vehicular harassment of a Muslim family.

CAIR-MN says the interracial family was allegedly targeted on a highway this afternoon in Shakopee, Minn., by a driver who made disturbing hand gestures and brought his truck close to theirs in a manner that made the family members feel threatened.

The mother of the family, who wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), took video of the alleged harasser. The driver of the truck, which had a Greek phrase (ΜΟΛΩΠΛΑΒΕ) often used by gun rights advocates on the back window, covered his face with camouflage material. A report has been filed with Shakopee police (report number 18030425).

[NOTE: ΜΟΛΩΠΛΑΒΕ is a classical Greek phrase meaning “come and take [them]” and is used as a challenge to perceived attempts by the government to confiscate firearms.]

Video: Minnesota Muslim Family Targeted by Hate on Highway

“All Minnesotans should be able to travel freely with their families without fear of racial or religious intimidation or harassment,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this apparent act of vehicular harassment.”

Earlier this year, CAIR’s Georgia chapter called on law enforcement to locate and arrest a driver who used his pickup truck to harass and endanger a Muslim family while they traveled on Highway I-85 in Atlanta.

Video: CAIR-Georgia Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Driver Who Harassed Muslim Family on Georgia Highway

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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 protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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