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CAIR-Kansas Calls for Firing of Wichita Police Officers Over Racist, Violent Messages

CAIR-Kansas Calls for Firing of Wichita Police Officers Over Racist, Violent Messages

Muslim civil rights group says department must commit to ‘concrete action and change’ 

wichitapolice(KANSAS CITY, 3/21/2022) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called for the dismissal of several Wichita police officers who reportedly sent racist, violent messages mocking George Floyd and glorifying police shootings.  

The messages were allegedly sent between a small group of Wichita-area law enforcement officers in a private chat. One message sent by a Wichita police officer included an image mocking the killing of George Floyd. Another message sent by a Sedgwick Co. sheriff’s deputy included an image of Elmer Fudd with a caption that read “be very very quiet I’m hunting (racial slur).” A message from another deputy praised SWAT team members who “permanently deescalated people who needed permanent de-escalation.”  

The officer who sent the message mocking George Floyd, the deputy who sent the message about de-escalation, and several officers and deputies who responded positively to that message have been involved in shootings or killings of civilians.  

Three sheriff’s deputies who sent racist messages have been fired. The Wichita officer who sent the Floyd image was disciplined under a bad judgment policy but remains on the force. The officers who responded positively to the de-escalation message were given mentoring and coaching, and one resigned of his own volition.

SEE: Leaked messages: Wichita-area officers sent racist memes, talked about shooting people 

https://www.kansas.com/news/local/article259423154.html

In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said: 

“The messages reportedly sent by these Wichita officers are appalling and completely beyond the pale of acceptability for people tasked with protecting and serving diverse communities. The fact that some of these individuals were allegedly involved in shootings and killings of citizens makes this case all the more alarming.  

“These officers must be dismissed and an investigation into their past conduct, including their involvement in shootings, must be launched. It’s time for the department to commit to concrete action and change.” 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Asian and anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR Urges Alabama Senate to Reject Bill Banning Anti-Racism Teaching 

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-urges-alabama-senate-to-reject-bill-banning-anti-racism-teaching

CAIR-Massachusetts Welcomes Passage of Bill Banning Hairstyle Discrimination 

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-massachusetts-welcomes-passage-of-bill-banning-hairstyle-discrimination/

CAIR Calls for Dismissal of U. Montana Professor Over Anti-Muslim, Racist Comments 

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-calls-for-dismissal-of-u-montana-professor-over-anti-muslim-racist-comments/

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR-Kansas Welcomes Guilty Plea in Racist Knife Threat to Black Minor

CAIR-Kansas Welcomes Guilty Plea in Racist Knife Threat to Black Minor

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(WASHINGTON D.C., 2/14/2022) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), today welcomed a guilty plea by a man who threatened a Black minor with a knife for being in a “white town.” 

Colton Donner, is facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges. The charges are in relation to an incident that occurred in Paola, Kan. in 2019, in which Donner threatened a Black minor with a knife and called him racial slurs. He told the minor that Paola was a “white town.” 

SEE: KS man pleads guilty to hate crime after threatening Black minor with knife 

https://news.yahoo.com/ks-man-pleads-guilty-hate-184112492.html

“We welcome the guilty plea in this disturbing case as evidence that our justice can work for those who have been targeted by racial hatred and bigotry,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “As violent racism continues to rise nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to take all bias-motivated crimes seriously and for prosecutors to bring charges that acknowledge the seriousness of hate crimes.” 

Elbayoumy said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.   

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist ‘Zoombombing’ Targeting Black Maryland County Official  

CAIR Calls on DOJ to Launch ‘Independent and Transparent’ Probe of Alaska Police-Shooting of Somali Muslim 

CAIR Joins Call for Hate Crime Probe of Attempted Shooting of Black Man in Mississippi, Welcomes Hate Crime Conviction for Threats Targeting Black Woman in Delaware 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323,CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR, CAIR-Kansas Call on Syndicate to Drop Offensive Anti-Shia Cartoon, Invite Cartoonist Engage in Dialogue with Muslim Community

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(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/19/2021) – The Council on American-Relations (CAIR) and CAIR’s Kansas chapter (CAIR-Kansas) today called on syndicate and digital entertainment provider Andrews McMeel Universal to drop an offensive anti-Shia cartoon and invited the cartoonist to engage in a dialogue with the Muslim community.  

The cartoon — in the series “Argyle Sweater” by cartoonist Scott Hilburn — mocks the name of Shia Muslims with the phrase “No Shiite Sherlock,” and was published in the Kansas City Star and presumably other newspapers nationwide. [NOTE: The phrase “no sh*t Sherlock” is used to indicate something that should have been obvious.] 

SEE OFFENSIVE CARTOONhttps://www.gocomics.com/theargylesweater/2021/08/04 

In a letter to the editor in response to the cartoon, Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council Chair Cindy McDavitt said that by publishing the strip, the Star “aligned itself with other media outlets that actively target Muslims to antagonize them and contributed to making Kansas City an unwelcoming place for our Muslim friends.”  

Shia Muslims make up at least 10 percent of the world’s Muslim population, with large populations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Azerbaijan and as minority communities in other nations. 

SEE: Offensive Comic Strip, Biden’s Responsibility, JoCo Sheriff 

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article253579879.html

In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said: 

At a time when Muslims are targeted by bigotry, cartoons like this contribute to the overall atmosphere of Islamophobia. This cartoon belittles and insults the Muslim community. We call on the syndicate to drop it and invite the cartoonist to take part in a dialogue with the Muslim community to gain greater understanding of Islam and Muslims. Islamophobia must not hide behind misguided attempts at ‘humor.’” 

Elbayoumy said he could facilitate that dialogue with community leaders. 

CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz said: 

Words can have negative consequences in the lives of ordinary people of all faiths. While we strongly support the First Amendment right to publish even offensive material, common courtesy and respect for others should be the guiding principles at rule in this case.” 

Shahbaz noted that CAIR’s first public campaign in the consumer world was launched in 1994 in response to a greeting card containing Islamophobic language, including insults targeting Shia Muslims. That get-well card stated: “So you’re feeling like Shiite. Don’t Mecca big deal out of it.” As a result of CAIR’s campaign, Recycled Paper apologized for the card and ended its production. 

#CAIRSnapshots Video: CAIR Campaign Against Islamophobic Greeting Card Results in Settlement 

https://youtu.be/Xeof1QRQcnY

 

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.      

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.