CAIR-Florida urges hate crime prosecution of anti-Muslim threat to family

Florida US State (IINA) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) on Tuesday called on law enforcement authorities in the state to treat an alleged anti-Muslim threat to a family as a hate crime.

Robert Anthony Ruetting, 52, was arrested Saturday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a family at gunpoint and shouted anti-Muslim slurs during the incident. The suspect reportedly told the family members: I'm going to kill all you Muslim ., get out of my country.

Because of the alleged bias statements made by the suspect, this troubling incident should be prosecuted as a hate crime, said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz.

CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration's deafening silence on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.

CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

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.

Source: International Islamic News Agency