NJ: Anti-Muslim Slur Leads to Charges


NJ: MUSLIM SLUR LEADS TO CHARGES

A township man turned himself in to police five days after he allegedly shouted racial slurs at a Hispanic Muslim woman while he sat in traffic on a busy roadway, authorities said.

David Liscio, 32, was arrested on charges of harassment, making terroristic threats and bias intimidation when he turned himself in at around 2 p.m. Thursday, said police and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. He was released shortly after.

"We don't condone any type of bias incidents in our county," said Bill Oliver of the Prosecutor's Office Bias Crimes Unit. "When people step across the line and infringe upon the rights of others, then we will certainly become involved."

Liscio was driving his black pickup truck on Main Street and began yelling derogatory names targeted at the victim's gender and ethnicity, Officer John Moncato said.

The victim was with her 3-year-old daughter taking laundry out of her car when she noticed a white male shouting at her, said Harley Breite, her lawyer.

The berating continued and attracted the attention of other motorists, who came over to the woman to see if she was OK, Breite said.

"This is a horribly flagrant act of racism and discrimination that no civilization can tolerate," Breite said. "We're thankful that there were concerned citizens that came to her aid."

 


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