FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR-MI Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Harassment Targeting Muslim Family
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 8/26/17) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on law enforcement authorities and public officials to investigate a verbal assault on a Muslim family at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Mich., as a possible hate crime.
Haifa Moussa and her family were walking outside of Twelve Oaks Mall when a white male in his 30s pulled up to her family and began shouting obscenities including, calling the woman a terrorist and telling the family to go back to where they came from. Haifa was born and raised in the U.S.
Haifa called the police, who took the man to the hospital to treat him for depression rather than arrest him. She fears for her family and does not feel safe shopping at the mall.
SEE: Muslim woman says she was threatened by man in parking lot at Twelve Oaks
CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure said:
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident and to make every effort to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice. We urge public officials to speak out against the anti-Muslim rhetoric that can lead to such incidents. While we acknowledge that depression is a real issue, we are concerned that it’s being used to excuse racism, xenophobia and bigotry, particularly when there is an attack against Muslims.”
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.
CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR also urges community members 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-MI is a chapter of 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 Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 313-405-1930, aDoukoure@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com