Call for Congressional Hearings on Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota
Anaheim, CA: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, July 7 called for hearings by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to address public outrage over two police shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota in just the past two days and to propose legislation to help prevent such deadly incidents from occurring in the future. .
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"We grieve for the loss of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in yet two more police shootings. Institutionalized racism and a consistent lack of accountability are why we continue to see these killings.
"We welcome the USDepartment of Justice intervention in the Louisiana shooting case and urge similar action to provide for robust and transparent investigations of the Minnesota incident and other recent police shootings of African-American men.
"We call on Congress, in particular the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, to hold hearings designed to address this ongoing issue and to propose legislation to help prevent these tragic incidents from occurring in the future."