(SANTA CLARA, CA, 6/27/2020) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today condemned the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) officers exposed for mocking and threatening violence against Muslims and Black Lives Matter protesters on Facebook and is calling on SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia to expedite his investigation and terminate any current officers involved.
On a private Facebook group named 10-7ODSJ, a retired SJPD police officer posted a link about a Los Angeles police officer pulling off a woman’s hijab. Mark Pimentel, an active SJPD officer who was recently policing protests while refusing to wear a mask, reportedly commented on the post “Hell, I would have pulled it over her face.” When another retired police officer posted about Black Lives Matter, calling them “racist idiots,” “un-American” and “enemies”. Mark Pimentel, again, chimed in and replied “black lives really don’t matter”.
In 2015, Sergeant Chris Sciba posted a graphic image on his which stereotyped all Muslims as being terrorists. He is currently an SJPD trainer on race-bias policing. The author of the Medium article writes, “They (SJPD) hired Sciba to teach on the very subject of race-bias policing, we have to ask if SJPD shares the same view that Sciba has on Muslims, and allows such racist stereotypes to exist.”