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CAIR Florida drops records request to St. Lucie Sheriff's Office

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 04:18:42-04

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Florida has dropped a records request it had filed with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office following a meeting with St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara on Saturday.

CAIR sought information regarding the Sheriff’s Office security detail assignments after the Sheriff’s Office had denied a request by the Fort Pierce Islamic Center for extra protection following alleged threats to the center.

The Fort Pierce Islamic Center was the place of worship for Orlando Nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen.

On Saturday a man who attends the Islamic Center claimed he was attacked by a man who he says was yelling racially motivated comments.

Later, Taylor Mazzanti, 25, was arrested on a felony battery charge and booked into the county jail.

A statement released by the sheriff’s office that same day cast doubt on the racial bias, reading ”Interviews by the deputies and supervisors on scene and a written witness statement completed by the victim do not indicate any racially-motivated comments were made by the suspect prior to, during or after the incident."

After Sheriff Ken Mascara  met with members of the Mosque including the Imam for about an hour, CAIR withdrew its request for information from the Sheriff’s Office.

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