(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/18) – 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 Louisiana man who allegedly admitted he damaged a convenience store because he thought the owners were Muslim.
CAIR also called for the alleged perpetrator to be detained until trial.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said Chad Horsley, 27, “blamed Muslims for killing his fellow service members overseas.” According to the sheriff, “He was also upset that Muslims, in his mind, were having an easier time prospering than he was despite his time in the service.”
Horsley was booked on hate crimes, simple criminal damage to property, criminal mischief, false personation of a peace officer (2 counts). He was released on $56,000 bail yesterday.
Denham Springs Man Charged with Hate Crime and Other Charges After Convenience Store Robbery
“We thank local law enforcement officials for their prompt and professional response to this disturbing incident, which is apparently another example of the growing Islamophobia targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “An individual charged with such serious crimes should not have been released on bail before trial.”
He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
A store clerk in California was recently beaten by a man who thought the victim was Muslim. The victim said the alleged attacker shouted “Muslim, Muslim, and I told him I’m not Muslim; I’m Punjabi.”
Yesterday, CAIR’s New York chapter presented preliminary civil rights data for 2017 showing a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in that state since President Trump’s election.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com