Muslim civil rights group offers $1,000 reward for leads resulting in conviction of perpetrator
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a hate attack on a Muslim woman in Washington, D.C., during which the attacker allegedly shouted religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad released a video appeal offering the reward in return for information that leads to a conviction.
â€œIt is important that the community stand with anyone targeted by hate,â€ said Awad.
TheÂ Muslim woman, who is African-American and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), reported to CAIR that she was assaulted on April 21 outside a Starbucks in northwest Washington. According to the victim, the alleged assailant shouted slurs such as â€œf**king Muslimâ€ and â€œf**king Muslim trash,â€ and told her to â€œgo back to where you came from.â€ The white, blonde-haired attacker also reportedly stated that she was voting for Donald Trump and expressed hope that he would send â€œall of you terrorist Muslims out of this country.â€
After the alleged victim called 911, an officer arrived at the scene, but said he could not do anything about the hate rhetoric because it was â€œfreedom of speech.â€ When the officer left, the alleged attacker walked away, but then returned, approached the victim from behind and poured an unknown liquid over her head.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and have released a video of the attack.
The attack occurred at a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide, prompted at least in part by anti-Muslim rhetoric employed by public figures like Donald Trump.
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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