(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/19/2017) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged break-in and vandalism with animal feces of a North Dakota Muslim’s car as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-MN said the Somali-American Muslim victim discovered what appeared to be animal feces spread inside his vehicle Monday evening, an incident he believes was a direct threat and a hate crime. The victim also has noticed other damage to his car. The victim reports a previous altercation with a neighbor who made racial and religiously-derogatory remarks.
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“Based on the circumstances, we ask local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime and to take appropriate actions based on the results of that investigation,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Hate crimes targeting Muslims in North Dakota have sharply increased, leading to fear for their safety”
The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.