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CAIR: St. Louis Islamic Leaders to Meet with Prosecutor About Armed Threat to Muslim Family

CAIR logo(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/28/2016) – 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 “appropriate†charges be brought against an armed man who allegedly made death threats targeting a Muslim family.

WHAT:  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, fsyed@cair.com

According to a police report about the incident, the man told the family, “You Muslim? All of you should die!†He also reportedly stated, “This state allows you to carry a gun and shoot you.†The man then allegedly went into his house and returned with a handgun, pointing it at the Muslim family’s vehicle – with children inside – and said, “You, your wife, and your kids have to die.†The man was taken into custody, but later released without charge.

SEE: CAIR-St. Louis to Seek Hate Crime Charges for Armed Threat to Muslim Family

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 Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks endanger ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a rising wave of hate.

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s ‘Pig’s Blood’ Remarks Endanger U.S. Muslims

“The 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,†said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. “The 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€

“As Imams, we have started receiving concerns from community members about their safety,†said Imam Djilali Kacem, general secretary of ICMSTL. “We 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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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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