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CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Connecticut Man Who Yelled Racist Remarks at Smoothie Shop Workers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/23/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly yelled racist, anti-immigrant comments at workers in a Fairfield, Conn., smoothie shop.

In a viral video, the suspect is seen throwing a drink at employees and yelling racist comments and referencing their immigration status. The suspect later turned himself in to police and was charged with Intimidation Based on Bigotry or Bias in the Second Degree, Breach of Peace in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree.

SEE: Viral video shows customer yelling racist comments at employees, throwing drink; Fairfield man arrested

Connecticut Man Arrested After Racist Tirade Over Smoothie, Cops Say

“We welcome this arrest and the bias-related charges as a clear indication that bigotry targeting minority communities will not be tolerated in Connecticut,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.

SEE: CAIR-New York Welcomes Hate Crime Charges in Racist Harassment of Family, Condemns Town Supervisor’s Racist Facebook Post

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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-Connecticut Chair Farhan Memon, 203-517-6526 or; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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