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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for ‘Terroristic’ Threats Targeting Hispanic Man and Woman in Nebraska

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/3/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges brought against a man who allegedly threatened a Hispanic man and woman with violence in Grand Island, Neb.  

Grand Island police received a call on Friday night after a man and woman, both Hispanic, were reportedly approached by a man on a motorbike who told them he “did not like Mexicans” and to “go back to Mexico.” The man reportedly threatened them with a crowbar. He was arrested on charges of terroristic threats and a hate crime.  

SEE: Grand Island Man in Jail After Alleged Hate Crime

“Acts of intimidation targeting members of minority communities must be taken seriously and prosecuted accordingly,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome hate crime charges in this disturbing case and urge law enforcement authorities nationwide to crack down on all such incidents resulting from the rising tide of racism, xenophobia and white supremacy.” 

Hooper 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.    

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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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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