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A local group is speaking out after the Ingham County prosecutor announced that no charges will be filed against a man who admitted to burning a Quran and scattering its ashes outside an East Lansing Islamic Center on September 11th.

Dawud Walid, with the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told WWJ he was baffled by Wednesday’s announcement.

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“Based upon the nature of the crime, we would think it would be appropriate that some sort of federal hate crime charges would be filed against the gentleman perpetrated this act of intimidation,” Walid said.

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” To us it’s no different if a burned cross was found at a black church or if Nazi symbols were found at a Jewish synagogue,” he said.

Walid said if no charges are filed, it will give others the idea that it’s ok to harass and intimidate Muslims at their place of worship.

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