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CAIR Welcomes Firing of Louisiana Officer Over Racist COVID-19 Comments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/21/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of a Louisiana police officer after he posted racist Facebook comments about COVID-19 and African-Americans.

Below a live feed of the governor’s press conference Friday, a commenter posted “Virus that was created to kill all the blacks is death.” In response, Kaplan Police Department Officer Steven Aucoin commented: “Well it didn’t work, then again he commented, “how unfortunate.”

After an investigation, Officer Aucoin was fired. 

SEE: Louisiana Cop Fired After Posting Racist Comments About COVID-19 and Black People

https://www.theroot.com/louisiana-cop-fired-after-posting-racist-comments-about-1843583990

“We welcome the action taken by the Kaplan Police Department in response to the racist comments by the officer,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Those who uphold the law must be held to the highest standards of conduct.”

He noted that has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.

GO TO: https://cairnewsroom.com/

Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.

GO TOhttps://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com

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