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CAIR-Minnesota Calls on University to Probe of Police-Involved Altercation with Somali Students

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/23/18) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on University of Minnesota officials to investigate an incident Friday night during which the Somali Student Association claims police officers used excessive force.

Somali students claim police officers assaulted attendees and even pulled a woman by her Islamic head scarf, or hijab. Police say they responded to a report of a fight during the association’s annual cultural celebration — featuring fashion, music and dancing.

SEE: Conflicting Stories in Clash Between Police, Attendees at U’s Somali Night

“Today we urge the university to launch an independent and transparent investigation of this incident,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We are concerned about the allegations of the use of excessive force by police officers.”

Hussein said the students contacted CAIR-MN about the incident and that they do not feel safe on campus.

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 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, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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