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CAIR Welcomes Probe of Maryland Police Officer’s Involvement in Deadly Insurrection on Capitol Hill

Muslim civil rights group urges law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct similar inquiries

(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/12/21) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the investigation into an Anne Arundel County police officer’s involvement in the violent storming of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., last week that left at least five people dead, including a United States Capitol Police officer. 

SEE: Anne Arundel police officer suspended while department investigates possible involvement in Capitol insurrection

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-anne-arundel-police-suspension-capitol-insurrection-20210111-pqxjmesiindrjnyptffeggz7we-story.html

In a statement earlier today, the police department said: “The Anne Arundel County Police Department is committed to the highest level of ethical standards by its sworn and civilian members, whether on or off duty. The Anne Arundel County Police Department also supports all lawful expressions of freedom of speech and assembly.” 

In a statement, CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry said:

“As many minority communities already grapple with a lack of trust in law enforcement agencies due to controversial policing practices, CAIR is urging police departments statewide to similarly hold inquiries into any reports of officers participating in or endorsing the deadly insurrectionist attack on our democracy and to take disciplinary action when appropriate.”

Earlier today, CAIR advised community members nationwide to stay vigilant in state capital cities from now until the end of the presidential inauguration due to threat of far-right, white supremacist violence and armed protests at all 50 state capitals leading up to and on Inauguration Day.

Last week, CAIR called on the Maryland GOP to take action against the state’s lone Republican Congressmember Andy Harris over his support for the insurrection and efforts to thwart the outcome of a legitimate presidential election. 

SEE: CAIR Calls on Maryland GOP to Rebuke, Discipline Rep. Andy Harris Over Attempts to Overturn Legitimate Election, Explicit Support for Trump’s Sedition

Calls For Removal Of Rep. Andy Harris After Alleged Scuffle On House Floor During Election Certification Vote

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/01/07/maryland-rep-andy-harris-reportedly-involved-in-scuffle-on-house-floor/

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris becomes accessory to Trump’s sedition | COMMENTARY

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/columnists/dan-rodricks/bs-pr-md-rodricks-0108-20210107-fjxphbp46vcwpi4hcwx7ygkzna-story.html

CAIR’s Maryland office also condemned the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill and acknowledged Maryland officials’ efforts to lend support to curb the violence. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Violent Insurrection On Capitol Hill, Acknowledges Maryland Officials’ Efforts to Protect Democracy

https://conta.cc/35hcawK

Rioters storm Capitol Hill to fight election certification

https://www.politico.com/gallery/2021/01/06/protesters-stop-steal-electoral-college-003739?slide=0

SEE: Maryland sends National Guard troops, police officers to support DC

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/protesters-breach-us-capitol-maryland-lawmakers-condemn-actions/35142071

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 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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

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