MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-St. Louis to Seek Hate Crime Charges for Armed Threat to Muslim Family

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/23/16) – Later today, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will hold a news conference to call on law enforcement authorities to bring hate crime charges against a Missouri man who allegedly threatened to kill a Muslim family house hunting in Affton, Mo. A member of the Muslim family will take part in the news conference.

WHAT: CAIR-St. Louis to Seek Hate Crime Charges for Alleged Armed Threat to Muslim Family

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 1 p.m. (CST)

WHERE: Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center, 8945 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042 (Park on east side of building.)

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com

According to a police report about the Sunday incident, the man told the family, “You Muslim? All of you should die!” He also reportedly stated, “This state allows you to carry a gun and shoot you.” The man then allegedly went into his house and returned with a handgun, pointing it at the Muslim family’s vehicle – with children inside – and said, “You, your wife, and your kids have to die.” Police are investigating the incident.

VIDEO: Muslim Family Allegedly Threatened by South County Man

http://www.wlox.com/story/31286882/news-4-investigates-muslim-family-allegedly-threatened-by-south-county-man

“These types of alleged hate incidents will inevitably occur with greater frequency as public figures like Donald Trump mainstream Islamophobia,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. “The only way to prevent similar attacks on American Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim, is for law enforcement authorities to bring appropriate hate crime charges and for our nation’s leaders to repudiate anti-Muslim bigotry.”

On Saturday, CAIR said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest anti-Muslim remarks endanger ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a rising wave of hate prompted by the billionaire businessman’s previous Islamophobic statements.

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s ‘Pig’s Blood’ Remarks Endanger U.S. Muslims
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13390-cair-says-trump-s-pig-s-blood-remarks-endanger-u-s-muslims.html

On Sunday, CAIR reported a Facebook comment threatening a Kentucky mosque to the FBI. Responding to a post on CAIR’s Facebook page profiling the Muslim community in Eastern Kentucky, a West Virginia man commented: “Burn this place down.”

CAIR: ‘Burn This Place Down’ Comment Targeting Kentucky Mosque to FBI

https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/photos/a.92140837694.89999.42590232694/10153546539107695/

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Donald Trump’s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com