LOS ANGELES, CA – (7/23/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today decried alleged hate crimes committed at a demonstration in Los Angeles.  According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and MyNewsLA.com, three assaults were reported during a large demonstration staged by an Armenian group near the Azerbaijani Consulate in Brentwood.

Three Azerbaijani victims attending a smaller counter-protest reported being assaulted during an altercation, according to LAPD. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries and were treated at an area hospital. Police said they are investigating the assaults as hate crimes. One person was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, the police said.

SEE: Police Investigate Hate Crimes at Armenian Demonstration in Brentwood

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“We welcome a thorough investigation by law enforcement. Our democracy relies on everyone’s right and ability to freely and safely express their diverse political views without fear of violent hate crimes due to one’s national origin or religious background. No one should be assaulted while expressing free speech. We condemn any incidents of hate and we hope any individuals who may have committed hate crimes during the demonstration are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at:  https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com