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CAIR-Florida Concerned That Cross-Burning Not Being Probed as Hate Crime

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For Immediate Release
 
CAIR-Florida Concerned That Cross-Burning Not
 
Being Probed as Hate Crime
 
(MIAMI, FL, 3/28/2018) The Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the State's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern that a recent cross-burning in front of a home in Harbor Point, Fla., is not being investigated as a hate crime.
 
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident in which a wooden cross was set on fire in front of the residence of Dr. Mohamed Omar Saleh, a local psychiatrist. The Florida Times-Union reported that, “Officer Melissa Bujeda, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, confirmed a cross was burned at the scene and said an intelligence unit and evidence technician were assigned to the case. But it cannot be classified as a hate crime yet.”
 
Traditionally, cross-burnings have been directly associated with xenophobic and racist sentiments.
 
CAIR-Florida is assigning resources to ensure that hate crimes against the community are investigated and indicted as such. 
 
“CAIR-Florida’s Civil Rights Department and our regional coordinators are actively contacting the parties affected and urging the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to treat and investigate this incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-FL Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz.
 
 
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About CAIR-Florida / Acerca de CAIR-Florida
 
CAIR-Florida's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Name: Wilfredo A. Ruiz
Title: Communications Director
Phone: 305.502.6749
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Name: Thania Clevenger
Title: Civil Rights Director
Phone: 813.514.1414 ext. 205
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.