'Littering While Muslim' Sparks Bus Bomb Scare, Arrest

busBy Antonio Planas, Boston Herald

A Roxbury man dressed in what cops called "Middle Eastern garb" was arrested after he dropped his chocolate milk under a bus yesterday -- sparking a bomb scare, but prompting his sister and a national Islamic advocacy group to question whether the charges are justified.

Amar Ibrahim, 27, was charged by transit police with littering, interfering with public transportation and disorderly conduct after the 9:30 a.m. incident led to the evacuation of a No. 66 bus in Brigham Circle and drew a bomb squad response, transit police said.

"Chocolate milk? Chocolate milk?" said a woman who identified herself as Ibrahim’s sister. "I’m just wondering, how does chocolate milk become a bomb?"

The woman, reached by phone last night, asked that her name not be used. She said her brother, a Muslim from the East African nation of Eritrea, was still in jail last night and she had been unable to get any information from police, who just told her to go to his arraignment today. ...

But Ibrahim Hooper of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the case is troubling because Ibrahim might have been profiled.

"Too often we have seen those who are perceived to be either Muslim and or Arabic treated differently than those who are not," he said. "We will be following up to see that he is granted his due process and that his individual rights are maintained." (Read the full article)


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