The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking police in Washington, D.C. to preserve video footage of a Muslim woman who was recently attacked by a supporter of Donald Trump on the street while trying to visit Starbuck’s.
The victim, who is an African American woman who wears a hijab, reportedly told the activist group that she had been outside of her local Starbuck’s when she was approached by an unknown woman who went absolutely psycho on her because she was a Muslim. The attacker screamed at her, calling her a “f*cking Muslim” and “fu*king Muslim trash,” and told her to “go back to where you came from.”
The unhinged woman then yelled that she was voting for bigoted Republican frontrunner Donald Trump with the sincere hope that he would ship “all of you terrorist Muslims out of this country.” Among other disturbing rhetoric, the reality TV star turned politician has called for all Muslims to be banned from the United States.
The victim called 911 for help, but when police arrived they told her that there was nothing they could do because her attackers hate speech was protected by “freedom of speech.” After the officer threw his hands up in the air saying he couldn’t actually do anything to protect the victim, he left the scene. The attacker then walked away, only to return a short time later.
This time, the attacker had more than words to throw at the Muslim woman she had chosen to harass. She snuck up on the victim from behind and poured an “unknown liquid” over her head. The victim called 911 yet again, and this time, she was at least allowed to file a police report regarding the unsettling and degrading incident.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper called on the police department to preserve any video evidence that may exist of the harrowing encounter.
We urge investigators to seek out and preserve any surveillance video relevant to the case and to bring hate crime charge enhancements once the alleged perpetrator has been apprehended,” said Hooper.
According to Hooper, DC law allows for enhanced fines and prison time in hate-crimes related to bias. He also pointed out that this attack comes at a time when Islamaphobia is running rampant throughout the nation, which he said has been prompted by right-wing politicians, particularly Donald Trump, who are fanning the flames of America’s anti-Muslim sentiments.
The crime is reportedly being investigated as a hate crime.
Attacks against Muslims have become an all too common occurrence today’s America, and Hooper is absolutely correct when he lays the blame for the rise in these bigoted attacks at the orange feet of Donald Trump. In fact, these attacks are so common that they have been dubbed the “Trump Effect.” His xenophobic rhetoric has drastically raised the level of Islamaphobic tendencies in the United States and continues to make daily life for Muslims living in America increasingly dangerous.
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