(SEATTLE, WA, 9/27/2017) — The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today called on state and local law enforcement authorities to investigate a recent attack on a Muslim Lyft driver as a hate crime.
On the night of September 16, the driver was allegedly attacked by a customer while driving on I-5 near Everett, Wash. The alleged attacker reportedly hit and choked the driver repeatedly after asking him “Where the f**k do you come from?” causing injuries to the driver’s head and neck and resulting in a car accident involving a second vehicle.
The victim, a resident of Shoreline and father of seven, has been driving for Lyft for a year. He is currently unable to work due to his injuries, emotional trauma and the damage done to his car.
CAIR-WA asks that the Washington State Patrol and the Everett Police Department investigate this incident as a hate/bias crime.
A similar attack on a Lyft driver of Middle Eastern heritage in Texas.
The Washington, D.C.-based Muslim civil rights organization also called on Lyft to condemn the attack and to commit to working to protect its employees from such violence.
Hate crimes against American Muslims and other minorities are rising dramatically. A recent CAIR report shows 2017 to be on track to becoming one of the worst years ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes.
CAIR-Washington is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR-Washington es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Washington Media & Outreach Director, Sarah Stuteville, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-403-3931