CAIR-MN Asks for Probe of Bias Motive in Neighborhood Watch Incident Targeting Muslim Couple
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/28/15) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI and the Brooklyn Park Police Department (BPPD) to investigate a neighborhood watch incident involving a Muslim couple as a bias-motivated crime.
On Friday, May 22, the couple reportedly drove to a family friend's home in Brooklyn Park, Minn., to pick up their teenage son. While waiting outside the home for their son, they were allegedly confronted by a woman who identified herself as a member of the neighborhood watch. The couple says the woman yelled at them, pounded on their car windows, pointed a gun at them, and told them to "get out of the car or I'll shoot."
SEE: Maple Grove couple: We were terrorized at gunpoint (KARE11)
Knoble allegedly told the couple that they looked "suspicious." The couple is from the Middle East and the wife wears an Islamic headscarf (hijab).
"This incident raises questions about why a couple in their 50s sitting in their car in front of a family friend's home was apparently profiled and threatened by a member of the neighborhood watch," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Law enforcement authorities should investigate a possible bias motive for this disturbing and potentially violent incident."
Knoble was arrested and a pellet gun was found in her home. She is expected to make a court appearance today.
SEE: Knoble Hennepin County Booking Information
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.
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