(SANTA CLARA, CA, 3/23/2016) â€“ The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today welcomed the jail time handed out to a Richmond, Calif., man who was sentenced Friday for violation of civil rights, making death threats against Muslims and building a pipe bomb.
In December of last year, 55-year old William Celli of was found yelling â€œIâ€™m going to kill you allâ€ in front of the Islamic Society of Contra Costa. Once mosque members alerted the police, they launched an investigation, discovering that he had posted photos of a pipe bomb on his Facebook profile. When searching his home, investigators found a device similar to a pipe-bomb.
Celli is a self-proclaimed supporter of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, as he has commonly posted statements of support on his Facebook profile, saying he would follow Trump â€œto the end of the world.â€ He will be serving 90 days in custody and three years on probation.
â€œWe welcome the jail time handed out in this case and are appreciative of the cooperation and support from law enforcement and the district attorneyâ€™s office shown to the local Muslim community,â€ said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. â€œAt a time when attacks on mosques and Muslim individuals are at an all-time high, this will send a message that such actions will have consequences.â€
The incident involving Celli occurred in the wake of hateful rhetoric by multiple presidential candidates and during a peak in Islamophobic hate crimes following the Paris terror attacks and the San Bernardino shootings.
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The mosque, like many others in the Bay Area, has taken further measures for security and protection, hiring more private guards for the protection of their constituents.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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