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Connecticut Prison Guard Fired Over Racist Remarks


A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today applauded the firing of a Connecticut prison guard who
assaulted a Muslim colleague and called him a “sand n*gger.”

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the
Muslim correctional officer, who is of Middle Eastern heritage, was
repeatedly harassed and assaulted by another guard at the Garner
Correctional Institution in Newtown, Conn. According to the Muslim officer,
his colleague threatened him with a gun, assaulted him in the employee
lunch room and said, “Hey, the sand n*gger is here,” in front of other

In a letter to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department, an investigator for the
State of Connecticut Department of Correction stated: “The Security
Division determined that [the offending officer] assaulted [the Muslim
officer] and made inappropriate comments towards him. The Affirmative
Action Unit also determined that [the offending officer] made inappropriate
racial comments towards [the Muslim officer.] As a result of these
findings, [the offending officer] has been dismissed from state service.”

“We hope the decisive response to these disturbing incidents will send a
clear message that the state of Connecticut does not tolerate bigoted or
violent actions on the part of its employees,” said CAIR Civil Rights
Coordinator Farha Mowlana.

Mowlana said CAIR publishes two booklets, “A Correctional Institution’s
Guide to Islamic Religious Practices” and “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic
Religious Practices,” designed to prevent just such incidents. The booklets
may be obtained for $3 each by e-mailing: (Include name,
address and phone number.)

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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