(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/28/15) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI and the Brooklyn Park Police Department (BPPD) to investigate a neighborhood watch incident involving a Muslim couple as a bias-motivated crime.
On Friday, May 22, the couple reportedly drove to a family friendâ€™s home in Brooklyn Park, Minn., to pick up their teenage son. While waiting outside the home for their son, they were allegedly confronted by a woman who identified herself as a member of the neighborhood watch. The couple says the woman yelled at them, pounded on their car windows, pointed a pellet gun at them, and told them to â€œget out of the car or Iâ€™ll shoot.â€
Knoble allegedly told the couple that they looked â€œsuspicious.â€ The couple is from the Middle East and the wife wears an Islamic headscarf (hijab).
â€œThis incident raises questions about why a couple in their 50s sitting in their car in front of a family friendâ€™s home was apparently profiled and threatened by a member of the neighborhood watch,â€ said CAIR-MN Executive DirectorÂ JaylaniÂ Hussein. â€œLaw enforcement authorities should investigate a possible bias motive for this disturbing and potentially violent incident.â€
Knoble was arrested and is currently in custody. She is expected to make a court appearance today.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive DirectorÂ JaylaniÂ Hussein, 612-406-0070, E-Mail:email@example.com