By Steve Birr
Police are investigating a reported hate crime against a Muslim woman in a Washington, D.C., Starbucks, by a woman who allegedly said she supports Donald Trump for president.
The suspect verbally insulted the woman because of her faith, shouting threatening jeers at the woman before leaving the location, reports WUSA9. The suspect then returned, throwing a unidentified liquid all over the women, before fleeing the scene.
The suspect shouted at the women, who reportedly wore a hijab, “You are a worthless piece of trash and a Muslim,” and “We don’t want you here in this country,” according to the police report reviewed by WUSA9.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Friday to preserve any surveillance video which may have captured the incident. The Muslim woman came to CAIR and said the suspect, a white woman with blond-hair called her “f**king Muslim trash,” and allegedly said she hopes when Trump gets elected he sends, “all of you terrorist Muslims out of this country,” according to CAIR’s press release.
CAIR says the police arrived on scene but told the woman they could not do anything because of the Trump supporter’s right to free speech. The suspect left, as did the MPD officer, but that is when the woman allegedly returned, throwing liquid over the Muslim woman, who called police again, reports WJLA.
The encounter happened in the 5500 block of Connecticut Avenue NW on April 21, at roughly 10:30 p.m. The suspect reportedly fled the Starbucks along Connecticut Avenue NW heading south. The MPD said they are conducting a hate crime investigation.
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for CAIR said in the statement, “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.”