(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 9/2/15) – The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) today called for a â€œthorough and transparentâ€ independent investigation into the deadly August 28 police shooting of Gilbert Flores, who was shown on video appearing to put his hands up in surrender before being shot multiple times.
Flores, 41, was shot during an incident that began when sheriffâ€™s deputies received a call about a woman who allegedly had been assaulted. Officials say deputies attempted to use non-lethal force to subdue Flores during an approximately 20-minute confrontation. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in an initial statement: â€œWhen those efforts failed, the deputies fired shots hitting the man.”
â€œBecause of recent incidents of this type nationwide, and because of the video evidence appearing to show Mr. Flores with his hands up in surrender, it is vital that a thorough and transparent investigation of this deadly shooting be conducted by an independent body,â€ CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain.
She noted that CAIR has called for national action on deadly police shootings of unarmed individuals.
In July, CAIRâ€™s Cleveland chapter joined a group of clergy and community activists in criticizing the abuse of the grand jury process in the Tamir Rice shooting by Cleveland Police.
Video: Cleveland 8 Reject Abuse of Grand Jury in Case of Tamir Rice Shooting by Cleveland Police
Also in July, CAIRâ€™s Cincinnati chapter welcomed charges brought against University of Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing for the murder of Samuel Dubose, an unarmed African-American man, during a traffic stop.
CAIR partnered with a broad-based coalition proposing concrete measures for police reform and improved community relations in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore, Md.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org