January 27, 2023

The Sacramento Valley/Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Sacramento), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight called for a fully transparent and independent investigation of a police shooting of a Muslim teenager in Tracy, Calif.

Disturbing video of the aftermath of the incident was published online by the Tracy Mountain Review. The Tracy Police Department told CAIR-Sacramento Senior Civil Rights Attorney Layli Shirani that they plan to release bodycam video tonight or tomorrow.

“We are monitoring this extremely disturbing incident and demand that law enforcement authorities operate with full transparency and conduct an independent investigation that will swiftly make public all the facts in this case,” said CAIR-SV/CC Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

He said CAIR-Sacramento is in consultation with community leaders about the shooting.

Also tonight, CAIR’s national office issued a statement saying it is “deeply disturbed by footage of Memphis police brutally beating Tyre Nichols.”

CAIR-SV/CC is an office of Washington, D.C., based CAIR, America’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.