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CAIR Welcomes Firing of Md. Official Who Praised Kenosha Vigilante, Urges Review of Codes of Conduct

(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/29/2020) — The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of the deputy director of the Governor Hogan’s Office of Community Initiatives Arthur “Mac” Love IV after he praised vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, who allegedly killed two anti-racism protesters in Kenosha, Wis., following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

SEE: Hogan Administration Official Praises Teen Kenosha Shooter on Social Media, Loses Job

https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/08/29/hogan-administration-official-praises-teen-kenosha-shooter-on-social-media-sparking-furor/#

Maryland official fired for social media posts defending teen accused in Kenosha killings

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-mac-love-20200829-grm2qvd5q5g2ppiuzioobylshq-story.html

Love’s posts mocked the victims of the shooting, calling them thugs and criminals, and praised the actions of Rittenhouse by claiming it was “self-defense.” Love reportedly has a long history of making racist social media posts on his page.

Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Steven J. McAdams issued a statement Saturday stating: “These divisive images and statements are inconsistent with the mission and core values of the Office of Community Initiatives. Earlier today, I relieved this employee of his duties. Kevin Craft, administrative director of the Governor’s Commission on African Affairs, will assume these duties effective immediately.”

“While CAIR applauds the Hogan administration for taking appropriate action in this case, we urge the governor to also take this opportunity to review internal policies and codes of conduct to avoid a repeat of this disturbing incident in the future,” said Director of CAIR’s Office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry.

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.      

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner 

Yesterday, CAIR demanded that law enforcement authorities end their “torture” of Jacob Blake, who was shackled to his hospital bed.

SEE: CAIR Demands Removal of Jacob Blake’s Hospital Bed Shackles, Says Police Shooting Victim is Being ‘Tortured’

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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062; CAIR Media and Public Relations Intern Yasmeen Elkoshairi, mdintern@cair.com, 240-708-0061

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