(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/2015) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) , the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime charges to be brought against a Rhode Island man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a store clerk in that state.
Thomas Giese, who was captured on a surveillance camera lashing out at a convenience store clerk about his religion and threatening to kill him, was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. â€œWe donâ€™t want Muslim stores in our neighborhood. No Muslim stores in our neighborhood,â€ said Giese.
â€œThis reported bias-motivated threat of deadly violence should be treated with the seriousness it deserves and prosecutors should consider bringing appropriate hate crime charges and sentencing enhancements against the alleged perpetrator,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Earlier today, called for a state and federal hate crime investigation of the desecration of a Nevada mosque, the latest such incident in a recent spike in attacks on Muslim houses of worship nationwide.
Over the weekend, CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparent firebombing of mosque in Tracy, Calif., and arson at a mosque in southwest Houston.
Earlier this month, a suspect was arrested for allegedly firebombing another California mosque.
Last week, CAIRâ€™s San Francisco Bay Area chapter questioned the release of a Richmond, Calif., man who allegedly threatened and plotted to bomb local Muslims.
Video: CAIR-SFBA Shocked at Release of Suspect Who Threatened, Plotted to Bomb Muslims
CAIR recently released a preliminary report on more than 70 incidents targeting American mosques and religious institutions in 2015 that shows a greater frequency of damage, destruction, vandalism, and intimidation than in any other year since CAIR started tracking such cases in 2009.
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com