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CAIR-MN Welcomes Guilty Plea by Man Who Insulted, Waved a Gun at Muslims

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/7/19) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a guilty plea by Lloyd Johnson for a felony threat to commit a crime of violence with reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror in another.

SEE: CAIR-MN Responds to McDonald’s Incident

“Minnesota’s Muslim community welcomes the guilty plea of Lloyd Johnson. Insulting and then terrorizing anyone is never acceptable,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The justice system must come down hard on these reckless purveyors of hate so the consequences are clear to those would follow in their footsteps. Anti-Muslim hate groups want these types of incidents to become normalized, but the people of Minnesota have made it clear that there is no place for hate in our state.

Hussein added, “With McDonald’s employees disgracefully trying to kick the teenagers out after a gun was pulled on them, we hope that McDonald’s has dealt with their training deficiencies so that an incident like this is handled better in the future.”

Background on the Case:

On November 19, 2018, a group of black Muslims were ordering food at an Eden Prairie McDonald’s when following and argument initiated by Mr. Johnson regarding his belief that they must be using an EBT card since they are black, he then pulled a gun on the teenagers as he exited the McDonald’s. To make matter worse, McDonald’s staff then tried to kick the Muslims out of the restaurant to where the gunman had just gone.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 29.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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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