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CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat to Shoot North Carolina Muslim Woman

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is asking law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged threat to shoot a Muslim woman in North Carolina as a possible hate crime.  

According to the woman, who is of South Asian heritage and wears Islamic attire (hijab and abaya), a white male in his 40s or 50s driving a pick-up truck pulled into a parking space next to her vehicle as she was nursing her one-month-old child in a Charlotte, N.C., parking lot. The man reportedly stared at the woman for an extended period and then reached in the back seat of the truck to retrieve a rifle, which he then reportedly pointed at the woman.

The Muslim woman went into a nearby store and called police. The man sped away from the scene. (CMPD Police Report: 20170321-124301)

North Carolina law prohibits “ethnic intimidation” (§ 14-401.14) based on “race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin.”

“We ask law enforcement authorities to use all resources available to apprehend the alleged perpetrator and to bring all appropriate charges, including that of ethnic intimidation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Earlier today, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime.

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman is Followed, Threatened

Earlier this week, CAIR-MN called on law enforcement authorities to reconsider bringing criminal charges against a man who allegedly harassed a Muslim woman shopper in Moorhead, Minn., because of her Islamic attire (hijab).

Video: CAIR-MN Seeks Criminal Charges for Harassment Targeting Moorhead Muslim Woman Shopper

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

Video: FBI Meets with Mosque Targeted by Anti-Islam Letter After CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html     

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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