(DAYTON, OH, 3/5/2019) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) tonight called on Dayton, Ohio, police and the FBI to investigate vandalism targeting a local mosque at prayer time as a hate crime.
[UPDATE: An earlier version of this release stated that the suspect shot out the windows. It is currently unclear how they were damaged.]
A white male who appeared to be armed was caught on video smashing windows at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton’s Al-Rahman Mosque in downtown Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 28 at about 6 a.m., the time of Islamic “fajr” prayers. One person was in the mosque at the time but was uninjured.
SEE: Suspect wanted for vandalizing Islamic Society of Dayton
The Islamic Society of Greater Dayton (ISGD), the organization that owns the mosque, is cooperating with Dayton Police on the investigation.
CAIR-Cincinnati will join mosque officials at a noon news conference on Wednesday, March 6.
WHERE: Al-Rahman Mosque, 26 Josie Street, Dayton, OH 45403
WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, Noon
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, email@example.com
“We call on local law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate this attack on a house of worship as a hate crime,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub.
She noted that CAIR has documented a significant increase in attacks on American Muslims and mosques across the country since 2016.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.