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CAIR-Oregon Welcomes Bias Enhancement to Charges Against Suspect Who Rammed Muslim Man

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 2/20/18) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today welcomed a decision by the Oregon Department of Justice to add a bias enhancement to the charges against a suspect who allegedly used his car to intentionally ram a Muslim man in Lincoln City.  Perry G. Nicolopoulos is suspected of intentionally ramming a Muslim man after a minor collision in a parking lot in Lincoln City.

Nicolopoulos is being charged with attempted murder in addition to 11 other felonies and four misdemeanors. 

SEE: State prosecutors say man accused of ramming Portlander with car committed bias crime

“This incident once again shows that hate is thriving here in Oregon and we all must do more to combat it,” said CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan. “Oregon Muslims continue to be subjected to threats and violence that only serve to traumatize our community. We call on all stakeholders: citizens, teachers, parents, government officialsand law enforcement to do more to stamp out hate in this state. This can no longer be an issue that marginalized communities are forced to fight by themselves.”

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other marginalized groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.  

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

Last year, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered. For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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