(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/17/2018)””The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges brought against two men accused of harassing and terrorizing an African-American woman at a Louisiana Walmart.
According to reports from the November incident, Dylan Reynolds and Micahel Walters yelled racial slurs and damaged an African-American woman’s vehicle in a Walmart parking lot as she was unloading her items. When the woman tried to escape in her vehicle, one of the two men allegedly chased her on foot with an empty shopping cart and then crashed the cart into the rear end of the woman’s car as it slowed down at a speed bump.
“By charging the alleged perpetrators of this attack with felony hate crimes, law enforcement authorities are sending the message that bias-motivated violence will not be tolerated,” said CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan. “During this time of rising bigotry, it is important to show that hate crimes are unacceptable and punishable by law.”
She cited an unprecedented spike in bigotry and hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and many other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
Last weekend, CAIR condemned an anti-Mexican hate attack in a California eatery.
Recently, CAIR also condemned racist and Islamophobic stickers found in a Rhode Island town.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.