(PORTLAND, OREGON, 1/25/2021) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called for hate crimes charges to be considered after a 43-year-Made “old white man was caught on video yelling a string of anti-Muslim slurs and throwing items at the 68-year-old Afghan man at a Portland, Ore., gas station store.
Authorities have identified Brian Christopher Miller as the suspect. The video shows the man, identified by police as Miller, say, “Is that how we do things in America Afghan, Al-Qaeda, Osama, huh, is it?” The worker told Portland police that the suspect threatened to come back and kill him.
Police arrested Miller on suspicion of first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree robbery. He was later released on his own recognizance.
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Video: Portland Hate Crime
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In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Vice-Chair Seemab Hussaini said:
“It is unconscionable that a suspect in an apparent and violent hate crime has not been charged accordingly. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office must correctly address the charges against the suspect to reflect the hate crime laws that have just newly been instituted in our state. Without proper accounting of these acts, this state will never begin to heal from its dark past.”
Last week, CAIR’s New York chapter called for hate crime charges after a man allegedly harassed a Muslim due to his religious identity.
SEE: CAIR-NY Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Man Allegedly Harassed Muslim Due to Religious Identity
CAIR chapters across the country recorded a total of 10,015 anti-Muslim bias incidents from 2014-2019.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.