(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/28/2016) â€“ On Monday, February 29, representatives of the Imams Council of Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL), the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) and the local Muslim community will meet with St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch to request that â€œappropriateâ€ charges be brought against an armed man who allegedly made death threats targeting a Muslim family.
WHAT:Â St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch About Threats to Muslim Family
WHEN: Monday, February 29, 10 a.m. (An impromptu news conference will be held following the meeting.)
WHERE: 100 South Central Ave, 2nd Floor, Clayton, MO 63105
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, email@example.com
According to a police report about the incident, the man told the family, â€œYou Muslim? All of you should die!â€ He also reportedly stated, â€œThis state allows you to carry a gun and shoot you.â€ The man then allegedly went into his house and returned with a handgun, pointing it at the Muslim familyâ€™s vehicle â€“ with children inside â€“ and said, â€œYou, your wife, and your kids have to die.â€ The man was taken into custody, but later released without charge.
Video: CAIR-St. Louis Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Armed Threat to Muslim Family
CAIR-St. Louis blamed the incident at least in part on the Islamophobic sentiment generated by public figures like leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. CAIR recently issued a statement saying that Trumpâ€™s anti-Muslim remarks endanger ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a rising wave of hate.
â€œThe nature of this alleged hate crime is quite troubling and we want to make sure the case is being taken seriously and that appropriate charges are considered based on the evidence provided to prosecutors,â€ said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. â€œThe St. Louis Muslim community is deeply concern that the suspect has still not been charged with any crime and was released within 24 hours of his arrest.â€
â€œAs Imams, we have started receiving concerns from community members about their safety,â€ said Imam Djilali Kacem, general secretary of ICMSTL. â€œWe want to make sure that everyone who lives in St. Louis, including the Muslim community, feels safe to go out in public and not be threatened.â€
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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