Muslim civil rights group’s employees unharmed, security measures stepped up
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/25/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is taking extra security precautions after the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department released a video of a “person of interest” associated with an alleged “threats incident” at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters on October 16.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person of interest whose image was captured by surveillance cameras. Anyone who can identify the individual or who has knowledge of the incident is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text the department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.
No CAIR employees were harmed in the incident.
DC Police Video: Person of Interest in Threats, 400 b/o New Jersey Ave, SE, on October 16, 2018
“Thankfully, this incident did not result in any harm,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “In the wake of this incident, and taking into consideration the current political environment, we are instituting extra security measures and urge other organizations to do the same.”
Awad thanked police for their prompt and professional action in the case.
He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
Awad said CAIR is urging all faith-based and advocacy organizations to take security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
Community members are asked 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 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org