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CAIR-WA, Interfaith Leaders to React to Jury Decision in Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Case

CAIR logoSeattle-area woman allegedly threatened by man with a gun, saying ‘I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun’

(SEATTLE, WA 10/12/2016) – Later today, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), along with members of the local interfaith community, will hold an impromptu press conference at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, Wash., to react to the jury’s decision in the case of the apparently bias-motivated threat to a Seattle-area Muslim woman by the suspect, Lawrence Francis Condon. The alleged victim will take part in the news conference.

VIDEO: Muslim Woman in Sea-Tac Says Stranger Pulled a Gun on Her

WHAT: CAIR-WA, Alleged Victim and Interfaith Community Members to React to Jury Decision in Hate Crime Case

WHERE: Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401, 4th Avenue North, Kent, WA (The case is currently being heard in Court room 4H by Judge Samuel Chung.)

DATE:  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TIME:  After jury announces its decision, possibly at around 1 p.m.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: The alleged victim will be present to react to the jury’s decision, as will CAIR-WA staff and community members standing in support.

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com;

The alleged victim is an American Muslim woman, a distinguished long-time Seattle area resident, U.S. citizen, registered voter, small business owner, and mother of school and college-aged children.

On March 1, 2015, at a 7-Eleven store located in SeaTac, Wash., Lawrence Francis Condon, whose vehicle was parked next to the woman’s, allegedly made sexual advances on the alleged victim’s friend as the friend walked into the store. The man then allegedly engaged the victim in conversation, made anti-Muslim remarks and then showed her his gun saying, “I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun, and this is why I carry my gun.â€

“Law enforcement authorities responded to this case by finding and prosecuting the alleged suspect, sending a strong message that Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities belong here and can go shopping without fear of hate motivated violence,†said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

“American Muslims deserve the same opportunities as all Americans – to build better futures for our families and children, and want to succeed in the traditional American way – by working hard and supporting their families,†he said.

CAIR-Washington is the local chapter of CAIR, 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-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

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