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Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

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Hanif Mohebi, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Diego chapter

Oscar Garcia, deputy district attorney, San Diego County

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2015 CAIR-California Civil Rights Report

2015 CAIR-California Civil Rights Report

2015 CAIR California Civil Rights Report looks at anti-Muslim bias in the state.

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Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy organization.

The 2015 California Civil Rights Report released Thursday recorded complaints involving employment discrimination, federal law enforcement questioning, excessive and intrusive travel delays, hate crimes, school bullying, as well as, other discriminatory issues last year.

The council recorded 1,136 incidents in the states. Orange County had 215 complaints filed, the most in the state, followed by 170 in Los Angeles County. The greater San Diego area ranked fourth with 98 complaints.

Brice Hamack, Northern California civil rights coordinator for the council, said there's much more work to do "to curb this climate of Islamaphobia." He calls the report a snapshot of anti-Muslim discrimination in 2014.

"We hope it informs community members and allows them to better recognize discrimination if they or somebody they know is targeted," Hamack said.

Hanif Mohebi, executive director for the council in San Diego, said law enforcement officials need to be more proactive in being involved in the community.

“I would highly encourage the FBI to work with the community a little bit more — to build that trust,” Mohebi told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday. “We, as community organizations and law enforcement, must sit together.”

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