(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of three officers of the Wilmington Police Department IN Wilmington, N.C., for racist comments.
A department audit led to the firing of Cpl. Jessie Moore, and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore after they were overheard using racial slurs and saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map. One of the officers reportedly said, “we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them (expletive)” and “I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”
SEE: 3 North Carolina Police Officers Fired Over Racist Rants
In a statement, CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“As a Wilmington local, I commend Wilmington PD for its proactive handling of this case. CAIR welcomes this decision to stand on the right side of justice and show that bigotry will not be tolerated in the society we are all working toward.”
Ajeen noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.
She said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.
Yesterday, CAIR unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com