GREENSBORO – Some Muslim leaders are demanding an apology – issued in
either Arabic or French – from a Greensboro police officer they say broke
the shoulder of a 68-year-old Egyptian-American woman.

Afaf Saudi, arrested Saturday for resisting police officers and assaulting
an employee of Walmart on Battleground Avenue, also suffered a broken rib,
a mild heart attack and cuts and bruises on her wrists. She remained in
Moses Cone Hospital today awaiting shoulder surgery.

The woman, a naturalized citizen who has lived in America for 12 years,
doesn’t speak English.

The Greensboro Police Department would say little about the incident
earlier today. Initial reports show the officer did nothing improper, said
Sgt. J.P. Gunn, a department spokesman. He said the department will
investigate, as it does in all cases in which suspects are injured.

The officer, R.R. Neal Jr., hasn’t been placed on administrative leave,
Gunn said. Efforts to reach Neal earlier today were unsuccessful.

Chief David Wray didn’t return telephone calls to his home and office
earlier today.

Saudi’s son, Sam Helmi of Greensboro, said he’s outraged something like
this could happen in America.

“I’m not the person to shout and do crazy things,” he said. “But I am
burning inside…


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