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CAIR Supports Refusal to Reinstate New Hampshire Officer Fired Over Racist Text Messages

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported the refusal to reinstate a police officer in Manchester, N.H., after complaints were made against him and racist text messages were uncovered.  

After receiving a complaint against Officer Aaron Brown in January 2018, The Manchester Police Department conducted an investigation that uncovered text messages claiming Officer Brown had intentionally damaged property while executing search warrants as well as racist remarks.  

SEE: New Hampshire police chief refuses to reinstate officer who was fired over racist text messages  

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/09/us/manchester-police-refuse-reinstate-officer-racist-messages/index.html

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:     

“We support the decision not to reinstate an officer who allegedly engaged in racist behavior. At a time when relations between police and minority communities are so tense, we must ensure that there is no bias, or a perception of bias, by law enforcement officers.”    

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.        

Video: CAIR-MN, Police Accountability Groups Call for Firing of Minneapolis Police Federation Head
https://youtu.be/zRogRNKqcjo      

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com    

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