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CAIR-Ohio Calls for Independent Probe of Racism Allegations Against West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog

(CINCINNATI, OH, 7/9/2020) – The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) called today for an independent investigation of allegations made against West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog who allegedly made racist and sexist remarks targeting Muslims, Indians, African-Americans, Latinos, and women.  

Herzog has been accused by his two captains of retaliation, racism, sexism, mishandling of public records and failure to address sexual harassment. The West Chester Township trustees hired a private law firm to conduct an investigation into these allegations.  


In a statement, CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Romin Iqbal said: 

“These allegations are very serious and troubling. It is imperative that an independent body review these complaints and allegations. We call on the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to investigate these allegations.” 

“The West Chester Township should invite all police officers to report any issues and incidents of discrimination in the police department. The Township should ensure that any person who brings forward any allegations of misconduct or discriminatory behavior does not face retaliation from the police department.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 


CONTACT:  CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Romin Iqbal, Esq., 614-783-7953, 

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