September 11th, 2009 19:15 EST
Sentencing in Election Night Bias Attacks
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) is applauding the sentencing of four Staten Islanders convicted of a series of hate crimes on election night 2008 to prison terms, ranging from four to nine years.
The victims of the attacks included Liberian teen Alie Kamara who was beaten with a metal pipe and police baton and a white male Ronald Forte who was driven over by a car because he was thought to be black.
SEE: 4 Men Sentenced in Election Night Racial Attacks (NY Newsday)
The sentencing sends an unequivocal message that interfering with the voting rights of minorities is unacceptable as a matter of law and in direct contradiction to the universal principles of a free and tolerant society, " said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, who has been in contact with Kamara`s family.
These criminal acts, based purely on racial animus, are an attack on our democracy and warrant the severest penalties to serve as a legal deterrent. "
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, E-Mail: email@example.com