Officials from the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday said they will "seek protection" following comments from an Oklahoma lawmaker.

The group has called a news conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday in front of Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters, 4031 N Lincoln Blvd.

The move comes after a town meeting Monday night in Sallisaw where state Rep. John Bennett said he would not back down from comments he made suggesting people should be wary of Muslim Americans.

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