- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Police in North Texas are investigating a report that a member of a Muslim rights advocacy group was followed out of a gas station by a driver yelling expletives and threats at him.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday that a local outreach coordinator, Omair Siddiqi (oh-MAIR’ sih-DEE’-kee), was threatened by a driver who told him to “go back to your country” and forced him to nearly veer into a light pole.

When Siddiqi called police shortly afterward, an officer initially told Siddiqi there wasn’t enough evidence to file a report. But on Thursday, Garland police said they would investigate the incident for a possible misdemeanor charge of assault by threat.

Muslims in North Texas have reported several incidents in the past year of being targeted.

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