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CAIR-MN Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson, Vandalism at North Dakota Muslim Restaurant (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 12/9/2015) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI to investigate arson and vandalism of the Juba Coffee House, a popular Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, N.D., as a hate crime.
The Grand Forks Fire Department responded to the fire early on December 8. Later in the day, The department said in a news release that the fire was "incendiary and suspicious in nature."
The Grand Forks Police Department also is investigating apparent vandalism that occurred overnight Thursday, when someone painted graffiti on the exterior wall of the building. The graffiti included what appears to be an SS in the style of a symbol for Nazi Germany's secret police above the painted words "go home."
SEE: Fire at Grand Forks Somali restaurant intentionally set, investigators sayhttp://www.inforum.com/news/3898814-fire-grand-forks-somali-restaurant-intentionally-set-investigators-say
CAIR-MN WELCOMES US DISTRICT JUDGE DECISION NOT TO DISMISS LAWSUIT
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN 12/10/15) - The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to not dismiss St. Paul's request to dismiss the lawsuit by Chris Lollie. Judge Nelson is recommending settlement discussions with a tentative trial date for April 2016. She believed the the officers who responded to a security guard's report of an uncooperative male in the skyway had reason to investigate, but not probable cause to make an arrest.
SEE: Judge questions cops' St. Paul skyway arrest, says trial likely
CAIR-MN, MN Muslim Community Condemns San Bernardino Shooting Spree
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 12/3/2015) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today says that the Minnesota Muslim community condemns yesterday's deadly shooting spree in San Bernardino, Calif., and offers its sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured.
"Our community shares the feelings of revulsion, horror and shock over the shooting spree in San Bernardino yesterday," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any any action that harms innocent civilians which is reprehensible and deserves condemnation"