Target: Lieutenant Charles Toon, Lavaca Arkansas Police Department
Goal: Issue an official apology for allegedly escorting peaceful Muslim family from mall and publicly swear to uphold vow to protect all citizens equally.
A couple and their young son were reportedly escorted by multiple officers from an Arkansas mall for taking video. Other shoppers allegedly felt that the couple, dressed in traditional muslim clothing, was displaying threatening behavior. These onlookers allegedly took pictures that would later go viral online, putting the family in danger by incorrectly labeling them as terrorists. The couple reportedly said they were doing some shopping and handing out cards for charity.
Was it necessary that five police officers enforce mall law? The simple answer is no; the family was discriminated against and extreme measures were taken only because of the way they were dressed. This is unacceptable behavior on behalf of the Arkansas police. Had the couple been dressed in non-traditional clothing, perhaps their faces wouldn’t be spreading all over social media labeled as threats. Alan Crawford, when asked if he was planning an attack on the mall, allegedly said only that he would “destroy a bacon cheeseburger” and that he knows “the book” of his Islam faith tells him not to.
Posts claiming the couple were being escorted out because they were planning a terrorist attack have been shared over 2,000 times. Where were the police to protect the Crawford family, from the small bombs were allegedly planted in their yard? This discrimination has put the innocent family in danger and has reportedly forced Alan and Daphne Crawford to seriously considering moving away with their young son.
While we cannot change the fearful and blasphemous thinking of the ignorant onlookers at the mall, we can take a stand against the unjust behavior of the Arkansas police for allegedly discriminating against an innocent Muslim family. Demand that Arkansas police protect people from religious intolerance, issue an official apology to the family, and publicly swear to uphold their vow to protect all citizens, equally.
Dear Lt. Charles Toon,
On December 19th a couple and their young child were allegedly escorted by multiple police officers out of the Fort Smith Central Mall for taking video. Other shoppers reportedly took pictures of the couple being escorted out and the images have gone viral, labeling the couple as terrorists. Since the incident, the family says that they have been threatened with small bombs planted in their front yard.
The police are supposed to have sworn to protect the people, not put them in dangerous situations. This family feels compelled to move because they feel so unsafe–in fact it was the extreme actions allegedly taken by the police that have led to them being in danger in their own home. Was it necessary that five police officers reportedly be sent to enforce mall law when the Crawfords were completely compliant? The simple answer is no; the family was allegedly discriminated against and extreme measures were taken only because of the way they were dressed.
I demand that Arkansas police allegedly responsible for sending extreme and discriminatory measures to escort the Crawford family out of the mall issue an official apology, and publicly swear to uphold their vow to protect all citizens, equally. Arkansas police are responsible for protecting people from religious intolerance and defending their right to practice their religion and wear whatever clothing they wish without being harassed and discriminated. Together we can fight to protect the freedoms, including religion, promised by the Constitution to everyone, equally.
[Your Name Here]
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