Picture: The Dangerous Terrorist Who Destroys our Freedoms
and Makes Us Live in Fear (the one standing up)
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUSLIMS DEMAND SUSPENSION OF CALIF. COPS WHO ARREST 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/02) A prominent national Islamic advocacy
organization is calling for the suspension of California Highway
Patrol (CHP) officers who the group says assaulted an 11-year-old Muslim
girl during a anti-war, pro-Palestinian rally Saturday in San Francisco.
(The girl turned 11 in February of this year. She was charged with
"battery" of a police officer.)
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
says photos and video shot at the protest show that police acted
improperly in arresting the girl.
SEE: http://www.indybay.org/ (The girl's father is available for media interviews.
Contact CAIR's Northern California office at the numbers listed below.)
The 11-year-old was arrested Saturday when police blocked a march
across the Golden Gate Bridge, despite the fact that event organizers had a
valid permit to cross the bridge. Media reports quoted witnesses who said
police over-reacted to a relatively small number of protestors.
One passerby told the San Francisco Chronicle: "I don't think these
demonstrators presented any threat to anyone. The police are the ones who
shut everything down. I would rather see all of these officers looking for
terrorists in airports."
Witnesses also say police manhandled journalists during the march.
A statement issued today by CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad read in
"It is unconscionable that police clad in riot gear would pull an
11-year-old child out of a group of peaceful protestors, throw her to
the ground, handcuff her, haul her away like a common criminal, and then
keep her shackled for hours at a police station. From all accounts, this
girl did nothing to provoke arrest. The officers involved in this incident
should be suspended pending an immediate and thorough investigation."
Just last week, a Georgetown University Campus Police officer was
suspended after allegedly assaulting a Muslim man, his wife and their
4-month-old child as they were leaving their space in a Washington, D.C., parking
Hundreds of anti-Muslim incidents were reported in the wake of the
9/11 terrorist attacks.
SEE: "Stereotypes and Civil Liberties," at
CONTACT: Helal Omeira, 408-807-3499, 408-986-9874, E-MAIL:
CAIR_NCA@cair-california.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
E-MAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or