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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Firing of Minneapolis Police Officer Who Shared White Supremacist Threats Against Cedar Riverside Neighborhood

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/9/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today called for the firing of Minneapolis Police Officer David Peña, who shared white supremacist threats against the predominately Muslim neighborhood of Cedar Riverside.

Officer Peña posted multiple racists posts, including one that has been shared by white supremacists targeting the predominately immigrant Muslim neighborhood. Those posts called for burning and looting of homes in the Cedar Riverside area.


SEE: Minneapolis police officer urges looting of Cedar-Riverside, arresting press


“Officers promoting white supremacist threats and violence against communities of color should be disciplined swiftly through official action up to and including termination,” said, Jaylani HusseinCAIR-Minnesota executive director. “The actions of this officer were dangerous could have cost the lives of law-abiding citizens.”


Hussein also called for an investigation of reports that law enforcement agencies officers knifed the tires of vehicles in at least two locations during the recent anti-racist protests in Minneapolis.


SEE: Officers slashed tires on vehicles parked amid Minneapolis protests, unrest


Yesterday, CAIR-Minnesota joined a collation of other civil rights organizations for a news conference in Minneapolis to outline specific recommendations from the community to address police brutality, misconduct and abuse of authority. 


Video: CAIR-MN Joins Civil Rights Coalition in Offering Recommendations to Address Police Brutality 


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.




CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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.


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