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CAIR-Florida Denounces Anti-Immigrant Banners Dropped in Orlando by Hate Group; Asks Police Department to Investigate

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(Orlando, FL, 9/1/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today denounced 
another act of bigotry against the immigrant community. Last Monday, August 30th, the white-supremacist group Identity Europa, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, dropped a banner early Monday morning on the Conroy Road Overpass. The banner read, "No More Immigrants. Stop Immigration Now.  Identity Europa." These are words that horrify many individuals and families that call Orlando home.
 
CAIR-Florida take these kind of hateful acts and rhetoric extremely serious and ask the Orlando Police Department (OPD) to investigate and monitor these hate incidents and those responsible for it. CAIR-Florida asks the OPD to conduct an internal investigation and apply disciplinary measures to the officers responsible for publicizing racist posts in social media.
 
This act follows an incident last week in which several racially charged Facebook posts were made by Fraternal Order of Police Orlando President Shawn Dunlap and OPD Officer Robert Schellhorn. The posts criticized athletes including Colin Kaepernick and Lebron James for speaking out and standing up against the oppression of black people. Officer Robert Schellhorn referred to Black Lives Matter peaceful protestors as "useless savages" and even called Heather Heyer, who was killed in the Charlottesville protests, an "asshole." Those are just a few of the overtly racist remarks made by these two officers.
 
"White supremacy is real and alive. A few weeks ago it was racial slurs on social media, a couple days ago it was a white supremacy banner, tomorrow- it can be someone's life," said CAIR-Florida Orlando Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak. "We ask the Orlando Police Department to maintain the high level of ethics and to commit to investigate and continuously monitor this hate group's expressions; and to discipline the Orlando Police officers openly manifesting racism and xenophobia in their social media."
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR-Florida 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-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749
CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 407.490.9407