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CAIR-Pittsburgh Condemns Paintball Vandalism of BLM Mural by Neo-Confederate Trump Supporters

Muslim civil rights group urges public to help identify vandals

(PITTSBURGH, PA – 9/22/2020) – The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter mural Downtown on Saturday.  

CAIR-Pittsburgh is urging the community to help in identifying the two men. If anyone knows the identities of these men, please contact the Pittsburgh police at (412) 323-7800.

The perpetrators were caught on surveillance cameras along the river, near Point State Park over the weekend. One of the alleged perpetrators can be seen in the images released by police wearing a Confederate flag sweatshirt and Trump campaign hat. They allegedly shot multiple paintballs at a wall where a BLM mural was painted after the murder of George Floyd.

SEE: Police Searching For Suspects, One Wearing Confederate Flag Sweatshirt, Who Vandalized Pittsburgh Black Lives Matter Mural With Paintballs

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/09/22/pittsburgh-police-black-lives-matter-mural-paintball-suspects/

Man in Confederate flag shirt & Trump hat sought for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural with paintballs: Pa. cops

https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2020/09/suspects-including-man-in-confederate-flag-shirt-and-trump-hat-sought-for-vandalizing-black-lives-matter-mural-with-paintballs-pa-cops.html

In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed said:

“We condemn these displays of anti-Black racism and encourage our community to come together to demonstrate that Pittsburgh stands on the side of racial justice. Those who take part in these racist acts must be held accountable by law enforcement authorities and the community.”

She noted that Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.         

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist ‘White Power’ Shouts During Pro-Trump Parade in North Carolina

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner   

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed, 412-606-6301, cmohamed@cair.com

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