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Muslim rights group asks for FBI probe in Tenn.

July 29th, 2011 2:04 pm by Staff Report

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A national Muslim civil rights group says it has asked the FBI to investigate a reported road rage incident in Murfreesboro that included a death threat and religious slurs.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the request was warranted not only because of the actions of a driver who was cut off, but also because of protests against construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro.

The incident last week was reported by WSMV-TV, which interviewed Lisa Sallaj. She said she was teaching her teenage son to drive last week when he accidentally pulled out in front of another driver.

Sallaj said the driver showed a knife, used anti-Islamic slurs and threatened to kill her. Sallaj wears a traditional Islamic head scarf.

On Friday, Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans replied to a reporter's questions by e-mail, stating investigators have identified a suspect and are working with the victim to bring the case to prosecution.

Evans also said the department has notified the FBI of the status of its investigation.

The Islamic rights group has asked state and local authorities to file hate crime charges if the case leads to prosecution.


Information from: WSMV-TV,

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