(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/23/16) â€“ Later today, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will hold a news conference to call on law enforcement authorities to bring hate crime charges against a Missouri man who allegedly threatened to kill a Muslim family house hunting in Affton, Mo. A member of the Muslim family will take part in the news conference.
WHAT: CAIR-St. Louis to Seek Hate Crime Charges for Alleged Armed Threat to Muslim Family
WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 1 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center, 8945 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042 (Park on east side of building.)
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, email@example.com
According to a police report about the Sunday 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€ Police are investigating the incident.
VIDEO: Muslim Family Allegedly Threatened by South County Man
â€œThese types of alleged hate incidents will inevitably occur with greater frequency as public figures like Donald Trump mainstream Islamophobia,â€ said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. â€œThe only way to prevent similar attacks on American Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim, is for law enforcement authorities to bring appropriate hate crime charges and for our nationâ€™s leaders to repudiate anti-Muslim bigotry.â€
On Saturday, CAIR said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trumpâ€™s latest anti-Muslim remarks endanger ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a rising wave of hate prompted by the billionaire businessmanâ€™s previous Islamophobic statements.
On Sunday, CAIR reported a Facebook comment threatening a Kentucky mosque to the FBI. Responding to a post on CAIRâ€™s Facebook page profiling the Muslim community in Eastern Kentucky, a West Virginia man commented: â€œBurn this place down.â€
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Donald Trumpâ€™s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
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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