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CAIR-Oregon, NAACP of Corvallis/Albany Condemn Oregon District Attorneys Association for Invitation to Former Ferguson Prosecutor

(PORTLAND, OR, 8/30/18) — The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) and the NAACP – Corvallis/Albany Branch today condemned the Oregon District Attorneys Association (ODAA) for inviting former Ferguson Prosecutor Bob McCullough to speak at a recent event.

McCullough was responsible for a failed prosecution against Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown. 

He spoke at an ODAA event on August 16, at which he mocked the ACLU and criticized the Black Lives Matter movement. McCullough also seemed to suggest that several African-Americans shown standing together in a photograph were “thugs.”  

SEE: Multnomah County District Attorneys Walked Out of a Conference Presentation Because of Ferguson Prosecutor’s “Offensive and Unprofessional” Comments

CAIR-Oregon’s Zakir Khan said in a statement: 

“ODAA’s decision to invite Bob McCullough is an insult to all social justice-minded people of Oregon. While we applaud the district attorneys who walked out, this speaker never should have been invited in the first place. How can any person of color expect to get a fair trial with prosecutors who believe in hearing from Bob McCullough? Every district attorney responsible for inviting this speaker should resign from the ODAA and should also undergo cultural competency training from Oregon-based community organizations before being able to return to a courtroom.”  

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, zkhan@cair.com

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