(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 1/5/17) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the apparent bias motive for vandalism targeting the car of a Muslim man of South Asian heritage in Inskter, Mich.
CAIR-MI said the owner of the vehicle returned to his apartment yesterday evening to find his car spray-painted with Nazi swastikas and racial slurs. Tires on the vehicle were also punctured. The alleged victim moved into the apartment complex just four days ago.
The incident has been reported to the Inkster Police Department.
"We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this vandalism as a possible hate crime," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "No American should feel threatened to move into a new location because of his or her faith or ethnicity."
He said CAIR-MI is also investigating a report of another similar act of vandalism targeting a Muslim living in the same apartment complex.
Walid added that CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
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He urged anyone who believes their rights have been violated to call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com; CAIR-MI Attorney Lena Kamal, 248-559-2247, firstname.lastname@example.org