Council on American-Islamic Relations condemns threatening anti-Asian letters in Utah

Unified Police Department says it has received a report of a letter being sent to a business.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim civil rights advocacy group, released a statement Wednesday condemning threatening letters apparently sent to people of Asian descent in Utah.

CAIR said in a news release that residents in Taylorsville have received letters celebrating the killings of Asian-Americans in Georgia, and said more will die.

“We condemn this disturbing attempt to intimidate and harass the Asian-American community in Utah and urge community leaders and elected officials across the political spectrum to denounce the growing bigotry targeting the Asian and Pacific Islander communities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in the news release. “Our nation’s leaders must speak out against the hate rhetoric associated with the ongoing pandemic that inevitably results in violent and potentially violent incidents.”

Sgt. Melody Cutler of the Unified Police Department said the department has received a report of one such letter being sent to a business. She urged anyone else who has received such a letter to report it to police.