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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Probe of Police Response to Fake Call Targeting Somali Children

(Minneapolis, MN, 7/11/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today is calling for independent and transparent investigation of an incident in which the Minneapolis Park Police pointed guns at and handcuffed four Somali children apparently based on a false police report.

See: MPB Pres. Reviewing Minnehaha Falls Police Stop Involving Black Children

On Tuesday community member Brianna Lindell posted on her Facebook page the details of the incident. She documented that the police officers drew guns on four black children, ages ranging from 9 to 12 years old and handcuffed two of them while one of them begged for his shirt complaining about mosquito bites. She says, that the incident started when an older white woman was harassing the kids and making racial slurs at them.

“There must be an immediate independent and transparent investigation of this potentially-deadly police response to and allegedly false report targeting minority youth.” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

He said that this incident is similar to other incidents involving minority youth who were killed in police response based on false information.

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Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or at:

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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