(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/29/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today (CAIR-Minnesota) today called for charges to be brought against a 32-year-old white supremacist suspected of vandalizing a Minneapolis auto parts store in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.
The suspected vandal, referred to as the “Umbrella Man,” was seen smashing the store windows during the George Floyd murder protests. He is alleged to be a member of the Hells Angels biker gang, according to police. The suspect has been linked to an incident that occurred in Stillwater last month involving the harassment of a Muslim woman by a gang of white supremacists.
Police say the alleged vandal sparked violent riots that took place in Minneapolis and St. Paul for several days following Floyd’s death. The investigation remains open and active, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
CAIR-Minnesota condemns the vandal’s actions and the white supremacist ideology of the Hell’s Angels biker gang and called on city officials to hold those responsible accountable and bring justice.
SEE: Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting
“We denounce the suspected white supremacist vandal and his apparent motive of incitement,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We call on city officials to join us in condemning his acts, investigate his motivation and possible associates and create the opportunity to rebuild and heal the damage to the communities that the suspected vandal targeted.”
The Washington-based 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.
CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com