(Minneapolis, MN., 6/21/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed the federal civil rights and hate crime charges of the three bombers of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on August 5, 2017.
Today, the Department of Justice announced a five-count federal indictment charging MICHAEL HARI, 47, MICHAEL MCWHORTER, 29, and JOE MORRIS, 23, with federal civil rights and hate crime violations, and using a destructive device in connection with an explosion.
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“We welcome the new federal charges brought forth in this domestic terrorism case. These charges send a strong signal that these types of acts will not go unpunished ,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
Hussein added, With a rise in domestic terrorism cases, we need congress to enact laws that are more appropriate for these types of heinous crimes.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.
CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.