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CAIR-San Diego Welcomes Sentencing of San Diego Resident Motivated by Violent Ideology and Illegal Possession of Weapons 

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/17/21) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today welcomed the sentencing of Grey Zamudio, a San Diego resident who allegedly illegally possessed firearms and spewed violent and racist sentiments about Black people, liberals, politicians, the Black Lives Matter movement, and social justice demonstrators.  

Zamudio was sentenced on Monday to two years in federal prison for possessing an unregistered and illegal short-barreled rifle, two unregistered silencers, pistols, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. 

SEE: San Diego man who posted racist, extremist views online gets 2 years in prison on weapons charges 

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-08-16/san-diego-man-with-ties-to-extremist-racist-group-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison-for-felony-gun-possession

As federal prosecutors stated in his sentencing memorandum, Zamudio was motivated by a “violent ideology and appears eager to commit acts of violence against Black people, liberals and others.” 

Cell phone video from Zamudio’s phone reportedly shows him bragging about pointing a gun at a Black Lives Matter demonstrator. While we are lucky that this individual was unable to harm anyone, there have been past examples where the suspect has injured or killed innocent human beings. 

In a statement, CAIR San Diego Associate Executive Director Tazheen Nizam said: 

“While we are glad that Zamudio has been sentenced to jail, we wish the court had considered his intent to harm others as part of the sentencing, as that was a very important part of this case. We hope that this case shows the importance of reporting violent and/or racist behavior so that our communities are safe from harm that individuals like Zamudio pose.” 

CAIR’s 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-SD Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan, 619-880-4601 or okhan@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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