There are at least two versions of how Shafik Shoaib was beaten Monday evening in front of his home in the Warrendale neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. One of them, if true, could constitute a federal crime.

At a news conference Tuesday, area Muslim leaders called the beating a hate crime. They allege that a group of 10 white men repeatedly swore at Shoaib and told him “go back to where you came from.”

But the neighbor involved in the incident, Kelly DuVall, 40, tells a different story. She said Shoaib started the argument when he admonished her about smoking on her front lawn near his children.

Both DuVall and Shoaib, 51, said this isn’t the first clash between them since DuVall moved to the neighborhood in February.

Detroit police have arrested one man, Ernest Domenech, 19, who lives in DuVall’s home and is engaged to her daughter, Angela.

At the news conference in front of Shoaib’s Piedmont Street home, Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the men used profanity and slurs, saying Shoaib is an Arab, a Muslim and wasn’t American.

“They beat an American citizen like a dog in front of his children,” Walid said. “There is no excuse.”

Walid said CAIR wants the incident to be investigated by local and federal authorities as a hate crime.


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