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CAIR Welcomes Firing of Alaska Police Officer Over Nazi Facebook Post 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/27/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of an Alaska police officer for an online post appearing to be supportive of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. 

That post by the fired officer, who worked for the Petersburg Police Department in Petersburg, Alaska, reportedly included a photo of officer’s son wearing a Hitler mustache, standing straight, and making a Nazi salute. It stated, “Just showed this to my son. He said that would be his dream come true. Got to raise them riech [sic].”  

SEE: Petersburg police officer fired after Nazi-themed social media post

“Any individual who appears to hold such extremist and bigoted views would be unable to serve and protect a diverse community,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome the action by the Petersburg Police Department and hope it sends the message that bigotry will not be tolerated in its ranks.” 

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 Welcomes Firing of Wyo. Sheriff for Reported Racist Harassment, Supports Efforts to Remove S.C. Confederate Monument  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              

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 National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,  

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