(ATLANTA, GA, 5/9/2018) — On Saturday, May 12, the family of Shukri Ali Said plans to host an interfaith memorial for her at Ocee Park in Johns Creek. Said, an American citizen of Somalia heritage who suffered from mental illness was shot and killed by law enforcement in Johns Creek on April 28th.
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WHAT: Interfaith Memorial for Shukri Ali Said
WHEN: Scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
“We thank the community for their outpouring of support for Shukri and her family,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), which represents the Said family alongside The Awad Firm. “Although the family has sought to maintain privacy as they mourn Shukri, they want to give the community a chance to remember Shukri and call for change.”
During the interfaith vigil, community leaders and local residents plan to share their thoughts, concerns and condolences. In addition to memorializing Shukri, speakers plan to discuss relevant issues, including ways that families, communities and law enforcement can properly help people suffering from mental illness.
CAIR-Georgia and The Awad Firm are representing family to determine how the shooting happened, why the shooting happened, and whether Shukri’s civil liberties were violated.
The family is so far satisfied with the work of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), which has kept the family updated on the investigation, and pledged to allow the family to view any available footage of the shooting as soon as the investigation permits.
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is 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.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director, 404-285-9530, [email protected]