MI: Arab-American Booted from Bus


MI: ARAB-AMERICAN SAYS HE WAS BOOTED FROM BUS

An Arab-American man from Dearborn claims he was kicked off a Greyhound bus by a driver who allegedly told him, "Get away Arab."

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Detroit against Greyhound, Iraqi native Faroq Alfatlawi boarded a bus in Detroit for Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2006.

During a rest stop in Toledo, Alfatlawi got off the bus to have a cigarette, according to the lawsuit.

When he tried to board the bus, the driver told him he couldn't get on "because you smoked in the bus," the suit said. Alfatlawi said he never smoked on the bus.

The driver then allegedly said, "Get away Arab," and denied him entry.

Alfatlawi said he asked if he could get his luggage, but the bus drove off, and he never got his belongings back, according to the suit.

A Greyhound spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.

The suit was filed by attorney Shereef Akeel in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

 


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