The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations weighed in on the shooting of a homeless man in Los Angeles Sunday with a tweet that called for more accountability for police officers — but he got a swift response from social media users who said CAIR itself is often not called to account for its rhetoric.
“Speechless. Just watched a video of LAPD brutally killing an unarmed homeless man. Would this happen if there was accountability?” Nihad Awad posted.
Awad’s tweet, in which he said he was “speechless” but was far from it, incited vitriol from the Twitterverse.
Responders pointed out that his group was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in a U.S. Justice Department terrorism investigation and had been named as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. ally.
Still, it isn’t held to account by the Obama administration.
If @NihadAwad director of Islamic terrorist supporting CAIR is convinced LAPD shot “unarmed” man, then I’m giving cops benefit of the doubt.
— Steven Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad Would CAIR be active in the USA if there were accountability? Only ask since they are an Unindicted Co-Conspirator in Terror.
— Mark A. Webster (@MarkAWebster1) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad maybe you should focus on the people in your own religion who kill indiscriminatly before you call that kettle names.
— Patriotic Pike (@annoyed_patriot) March 2, 2015
I watched CAIR go unindicted as a Hamas front, @NihadAwad. Would this happen if there was accountability?
— Pablo (@Pablo_1791) March 2, 2015
.@NihadAwad you know for a fact he was unarmed? Or are you just trying to incite riots? Unless you saw cop-cam, you don’t know.
— Adam Myszewski (@AdamMyszewski) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad The slaughter by Muslims of un armed Christians is daily – let’s hear you condemn that. Your hypocrisy and opportunism sicken me
— Constantinou (@royalmarine1980) March 2, 2015
@RickCanton @MarciaCrocker01 @NihadAwad Looked like someone fighting, resisting arrest and stealing an officer’s gun. That can’t end well.
— Dan The Man (@DPNJ) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad “Drop the gun!” Yelled several times. Don’t you have gay people to throw off roofs or women to stone to death? #Islam
— I’m Gonna Harf (@Revenant1010) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad I suggest u keep ur partisan opinion 2 urself. CAIR & ur minions Aren’t wanted nor ur 2cents in AMERICA. pic.twitter.com/Vs44VqxpHE
— 57napco (@57napco) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad Happens everyday w/ Muslim terrorist even here in the USA. Okla for an example. Muslim’s need accountability more than our Police
— Joachim (@10Mountaineer) March 2, 2015
@NihadAwad Must not have listened to the tape.
— Steve___J (@Steve___J) March 2, 2015
The tweet followed the shooting Sunday of a homeless man who the LAPD said reached for an officer’s gun forcing other officers to open fire.
The incident was caught on video which has since gone viral and sparked protests in the city.
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