They are disturbing allegations that could derail the government's case against two University of South Florida students charged with transporting explosives.
Documents filed in federal court reveal that during the arrest of Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, two South Carolina sheriff's deputies called them "graduates of suicide bomber school" and then went on to label them members of the Taliban.
"If someone has these opinions about someone with Middle Eastern background, it's not so inconceivable to think that they may manufacturer evidence," offered Tampa defense attorney Eddie Suarez. . .
Jamila Baraka, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the racist remarks will likely jeopardize the integrity of the case.
"We support our law enforcement community to keep our nation safe, but it shouldn't be influenced by bias and stereotypes or discrimination such as it seems it is at this point," she said.
Megahed's attorney called the remarks a clear case of racial profiling and hopes the judge will consider the evidence tainted and throw it out before a jury ever hears it.