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CAIR Seeks Hate Crimes Charges for Wisc. Bias Attack

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for federal hate crime charges to be filed against a man who allegedly said “f*** Osama Bin Laden” during an attack on a Wisconsin man of Moroccan heritage.

A police report on the Wednesday morning attack in Madison, Wisc., indicates that the 40-year-old victim was taken to a hospital with head injuries resulting from an “unprovoked downtown attack.” A second victim, who was walking with the Moroccan man, was reportedly “punched, knocked to the ground, and kicked.” Police arrested the alleged attacker, 21-year-old Derek J. Cannon, and tentatively charged him with substantial battery and disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancement.

SEE: Incident Report for Case#2011-351259 http://tinyurl.com/cvq2kqr

“These types of attacks are becoming all too frequent and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law as a clear demonstration that bias-motivated attacks will not be tolerated in Wisconsin or in America,” said CAIR National Communications director Ibrahim Hooper. “We thank local law enforcement authorities for recognizing the seriousness of the incident.”

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