Press Releases

CAIR-WA to Join Call for Full Investigation Recent Police Shootings

(SEATTLE, WA, 9/6/17)On Thursday, September 7, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will participate in a noon news conference in Seattle with Not This Time to call for full investigations of recent police-involved shootings.

This summer has witnessed the killing of two American Muslims in police shootings.

On August 9, 20-year-old Eugene ”˜Najeeb’ Nelson was shot and killed by police officers in Kent, Wash. Just four days later, 46-year-old Hussein Hassan — a former teacher and father of eight — was shot and killed by police officers in Kennewick, Wash.

WHAT: Press conference with family members of victims of police killings, including: the family of Eugene Najeeb Nelson, killed in Kent on August 9, the family of Hussein Hassan, killed in Kennewick on August 13, the family of Charleena Lyles, killed in Seattle on June 18, the family of Giovonn Joseph-McDade killed in Kent on June 24, the family of Che’ Taylor killed by Seattle police in 2016, and the family of Daniel Covarubbias killed in Lakewood in 2015.

WHEN:  Thursday, September 7, Noon

WHERE: Seattle Vocational Institute 2120 South Jackson, Room 401, Seattle WA 98144

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Media & Outreach Director Sarah Stuteville, 206-403-3931,

“CAIR-WA is troubled by the pattern and frequency of police killings in our region, state and country. We believe the families of Eugene and Hussein deserve answers and justice, and we call for a thorough, independent and transparent investigation into these killings,” said CAIR-WA Media & Outreach Director Sarah Stuteville. “The memory of Eugene and Hussein, and too many others killed by police in our region, demand we question every police-involved shooting and stand up for police accountability.”

CAIR-WA will work with all of our partners in the civil rights community to seek justice in these deadly shootings.

At the news conference, CAIR-WA will join representatives of Not This Time, a community organization focused on reducing fatal police shootings, changing the laws that govern the use of force in our state and rebuilding trust between our communities and police.

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.

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.

– END –


Share on facebook
Share on twitter