Muslim Group Wants Hate Crimes Investigation After Suspicious Powder Mailed

June 8, 2010

Author: Dan Scanlan

Source: The Florida Times-Union

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation after an envelope of what turned out to be harmless powder was mailed to Muslim teacher Yusha Evans’ apartment Monday in Jacksonville.

But that’s not the only reason the Washington-based group wants the in vestigation.

The tainted envelope follows the May 10 firebomb attack on the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and the late April controversy over the appointment of Parvez Ahmed, a Muslim scholar and University of North Florida professor, to Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission.

Evans said he has never been threatened like this in six years of preaching and teaching and had a bit of a panic attack when he saw the powder — especially for his three children who were in the house.