EID WORKS TO BUILD MUSLIM TRUST
Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid stood before about 70 Muslim men and women Friday night and spoke of his pride in being part Egyptian from his father's side.
Eid said he grew up facing prejudices because of his dark complexion and told the story of how angry he became when his father fell seriously ill after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was hospitalized. A physician remarked that he believed he had one of the missing hijackers in the hospital room, Eid recalled.
Accompanied by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Gaouette, Eid met with the Arab-American community at the Colorado Muslim Society in southeast Denver to build trust and a better understanding of the legal system in the wake of last month's deportation of a Pakistani immigrant and allegations that local and federal authorities mistreated him and his family.
"You're looking at the first U.S. attorney . . . to be Arab," Eid started out as the audience politely listened.