CAIR: WA Man Who Beat Sikh Taxi Driver inÂ 'Savage'Â Anti-Muslim Attack to Be Sentenced
(SEATTLE, WA, 12/9/13) â€“ On Tuesday, December 10, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will hold a news conference following the sentencing of a man accused of beating a Sikh taxi driver while shouting anti-Muslim slurs.
WHAT: CAIR-WA News Conference FollowingÂ FederalÂ Sentencing of Man who Attacked Sikh Cabbie
WHEN: Tuesday, December 10, Court convenes at 9 a.m., Impromptu news conferenceÂ on court stepsÂ will follow the sentencing.
WHERE:Â US District Court, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081, 206-931-3655, E-Mail:email@example.com
â€œWe hope to see the maximum sentence possible based on the savage nature of this attackÂ and on the disturbing pattern of similar attacks nationwide,â€ said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. â€œA maximum sentence will send a clear message to the public that hate-motivated violence is unacceptable and will be punished.â€Â Â
In October 2012, CAIR-WA called on the FBI to investigate the anti-Muslim hate attack in which the driver was beaten by a man who reportedly shouted anti-Muslim slurs after he commented on the driver's turban. A federal grand jury in Seattle returned an indictment against the perpetrator.
[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
The perpetrator reportedly referred to the victim as Iranian and Iraqi, and used several anti-Muslim slurs during the attack, which witnesses described as “savage.”
Bukhari noted that the cab driver was found barely conscious, had chunks of his beard pulled out, and with some of his teeth dangling.Â He also said that a similar attack occurred in late 2007.
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-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081, 206-931-3655, E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:email@example.com