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CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of ‘Walking While Black’ Incident in Minnesota

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/16) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today joined the Minneapolis NAACP in calling for an independent investigate of an incident in which an African-American man was arrested for walking in the street because a sidewalk was under construction.

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Cell phone video of the arrest by a white police officer in Edina, Minn., has drawn widespread outrage. The woman who captured the incident on video said, “There was absolutely no reason for the officer to stop him from walking.â€

SEE: Video Shows Black Man Being Arrested For Apparently Walking in Street

“We believe this humiliating incident would not have occurred had the individual targeted by the officer been white,†said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “This is an apparent case of ‘walking while black’ that should be investigated by an independent body.â€

CAIR has called for similar investigations of other incidents nationwide involving allegations of disparate treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement authorities.

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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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:

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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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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