Tennessee (IINA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a Tennessee Muslim's vehicle as a possible hate crime.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, police said vandals left pieces of pork bologna and a used condom on the man's car. His wife wears an Islamic headscarf. Local police are treating the incident as a bias-motivated crime. The FBI has been notified of the vandalism.
These types of incidents are now occurring with such frequency that state and national leaders must address the rising level of bigotry that has resulted in an unprecedented number of hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups, said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Last week, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Tennessee mosque. In that attack, slices of bacon were also used to spell out some messages and bacon were wrapped around one of the exterior doors of the mosque.
Earlier today, CAIR's Georgia chapter called on mosques in that state and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a right-wing extremist who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.
CAIR said it had witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
CAIR's quarterly report indicates that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which was the worst year for such anti-Muslim incidents since the civil rights organisation began its current documenting the system in 2013.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Source: International Islamic News Agency