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CAIR Says ‘Nearly Impossible to Imagine Acquittal of a Black or Muslim Defendant’ Engaged in Same Conduct as Kyle Rittenhouse 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/19/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said reacted to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. 

SEE: Jury acquits U.S. teen shooter Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges 

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/jury-rittenhouse-murder-trial-deliberate-fourth-day-2021-11-19/

In a statement reacting to the jury’s verdict, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:  

“Although we respect the jury process and accept the jury‘s decision, it is difficult to imagine a black or Muslim defendant in the same circumstances being found not guilty or receiving the breaks that Kyle Rittenhouse received during the trial. 

“If our justice system is going to repeatedly give every break, benefit of the doubt, and legal protection to white defendants, people of color and other minorities must receive the same.” 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com   

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