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CAIR-Kansas Calls for ‘Independent’ Probe of Emprise Bank, Wichita Police After Arrest of Iraqi-American Family for Depositing Check

chapter logos kansas(WICHITA, KS, 9/18/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called for an “independent” investigation of both Emprise Bank and the Wichita Police Department following the traumatic arrest earlier this month of the Iraqi-American Muslim family for a “fraudulent check,” which was later determined to be valid.

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“The conflicting statements from both Emprise Bank and law enforcement authorities are adding to the confusion rather than clarifying the situation,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.

He added: “Instead of hiding behind vague ‘policies and procedures’ that they claim were followed and vowing to do the same in a similar situation, they should come clean and explain what were the specific reasons for their actions. They should also re-examine those policies and procedures and make any necessary changes in the training of staff to avoid repeating this traumatic event with another family.”

Elbayoumy said CAIR-Kansas has been to trying to support the family during this difficult time, while waiting for explanations from those involved before exploring legal options.

He noted that many community activists and civic organizations are angry and demanding action to correct the mistakes by both the bank and police that took place in that incident.

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:  

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here:

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.

La misión de CAIR 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-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.