Source: No Hate Crime Charges In Neighborhood Altercation, Victim Disputes Police Findings | WOSU Radio h/t @TheCircumvent
The Columbus Division of Police say there’s no evidence that a weekend altercation which left a Somali woman’s face injured is a hate crime.
Rahma Warsame’s face is visibly damaged from the incident that happened Saturday in her apartment complex on Pinellas Court in northeast Columbus. Warsame was treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Police say conflicting witness stories left them unable to determine who the primary aggressor was in the incident that left Warsame bruised.
“There was no indication that there were any kind of threats made or that this was ethnically or any other way biased,” Columbus Police Sergeant Rich Weiner says. “There’s no indication whatsoever that this was a hate crime.”
But Warsame says that’s not true.
“He keep saying ‘Africans you guys go back to Africa. I’m gonna ship you, I’m gonna kill you.’ He was saying that when he was chasing,” Warsame says. “’I’m gonna kill everybody,’ even when policeman was there, ‘I’m gonna kill everybody.’”
Romin Iqbal, the legal director for Council on American-Islamic Relations in Columbus, says law enforcement did not investigate thoroughly, and demands someone be charged.
“Our client simply showed up there to intervene, to stop an argument and got viciously assaulted for that. And that’s not fair,” Iqbal says.
But police say they have done due diligence.
“We did investigate the incident. Officers arrived on the scene, we spoke to multiple people that were involved in the incident,” Weiner says. “Two women were transported to the hospital in stable condition. Others reported that they were assaulted as well but they were not transported.”
Weiner says the injuries were misdemeanors, so it is up to the victims to file charges at the city prosecutor’s office.
The media failed to do their due diligence and interview the actual victim, but Chuck Ross at Daily Caller did: Linda Sarsour Has Raised $112K For Anti-Muslim Hate Crime That
Allegedly Did Not Happen
Samantha Morales says that the Sarsour and CAIR have the story all wrong, including the allegations that racial epithets were hurled at Warsame.
Morales, 31 and of Mexican heritage, says that she was attacked first by a mob of men and women, including Warsame, following a neighborhood argument involving a woman and her son.
“What happened is not what she is claiming. The woman that is in the hospital, I feel sorry for her, but she is one of the women who was kicking and hitting me after I got tased,” Morales told TheDC in a phone interview on Monday.
Morales, who works as an insurance claims agent, says that her boyfriend, Ricky Boyce, is the man alleged by Sarsour and CAIR to be the white man who hurled racial insults at Warsame.
But both Morales and Boyce say that he uttered no racial pejoratives in Saturday’s incident, which they say began after Morales intervened while a woman of African heritage who lives in her apartment complex was yelling at and hitting her son with a shoe.
“I didn’t even have time to talk to any of them because they were over there jumping [Morales] at the time,” Boyce told TheDC, denying that he made racial remarks during the incident.
Morales says that Sarsour and CAIR have ignored another major piece of the story: Morales herself was transported to the emergency room by ambulance because of the injuries she sustained in Saturday’s melee.
“They’re not even mentioning that I was the victim. They came at me. The woman that’s in the hospital is part of the group that was aggressing me,” Morales said.
Morales said that the saga began after she yelled from her porch at a woman who was screaming at her child and hitting him with a shoe in a common area behind her apartment.
“I went outside. I wasn’t trying to get involved. I just thought the presence of an adult would have stopped her,” Morales says.
But Morales says the woman — who Morales says she does not know — left for a moment and came back angry and threatened to break the windows on her car and apartment. The woman, who Morales says was carrying a stick, then walked near Morales’ car and accused Morales and Boyce of having taken her child.
Morales says she called 911 and explained what had transpired before the threats.
The standoff escalated to violence soon after, Morales says.
“Four or five different men” assaulted Morales before someone used a taser on her, she claims. Then a group of women joined in the assault, both Morales and Boyce said.
It was after the taser was used that Boyce, who was watching from the apartment, says he sprung into action.
Boyce says he’s sure he hit someone in the scuffle but says he can’t be sure that he struck Warsame. He also strongly denies purposely targeting her.
Morales says that police temporarily detained Boyce but soon let him go. He says that officers realized that he was not an aggressor in the incident.
A police report taken of the incident backs up Morales’ and Boyce’s claims. According to the report, a Muna Warsame had a Taser at the scene of the incident.
The report also states that “due to conflicting statements,” the “primary aggressor was not able to be identified.”
Do the Muslims, Sarsour and CAIR feel bad that Morales was injured and sustained a concussion at the hands of Muslims? That a child was beaten by a Muslim?