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CAIR-NY Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Man Allegedly Harassed Muslim Due to Religious Identity

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 1/22/2021) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime charges after James Davis was arrested for allegedly harassing and threatening a Muslim man because of his religious identity.  

According to the victim, Davis walked into the store where the victim was working and threated to kill him because he is Muslim. On January 19th, officers responded to a report of a man threatening an employee with a rifle. According to the victim, Davis displayed a rifle and chased him while continuing to point the rifle at him.  

After an investigation, the Albany Police Department arrested Davis on January 20th. When he was arrested, Davis had a loaded Sign M400 rifle hid in his coat. Two other firearms were recovered during the investigation.  Davis is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, and aggravated harassment. He was also cited for possessing an unregistered loaded rifle. There is no indication that Davis is being charged with a hate crime.  

CBS 6 Albany: Albany PD arrest a man after he allegedly harassed a Muslim man at store

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said: 

“We welcome the arrest of the suspect who allegedly threatened a man with an assault weapon because of the victim’s faith. However, Albany Police need to investigate the threat as a potential hate crime. The catalyst for this frightening incident is reportedly due to the victim’s religious identity, so an investigation into hate crime charges is warranted. We ask that Albany police, as well as the district attorney, fully investigate the potential bias and charge accordingly.” 

She added that Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.           

CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed,, 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher,, 917-669-4006 

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