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CAIR-Georgia Reiterates Need for Hate Crime Law After Muslim Uber Driver Assaulted Outside Braves Stadium

(ATLANTA, GA – 4/22/2019) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of a Georgia man who cursed and assaulted an American Muslim Uber driver outside the SunTrust Park baseball stadium after an Atlanta Braves game.

On April 2, 2019, an American Muslim Uber driver parked at SunTrust Park after an Atlanta Braves Game. When a man who smelled of alcohol entered his car, the driver informed the man that he was not his Uber driver. Cursing, the man exited the vehicle.

According to a police report and cell phone video of the incident, the man’s friend then approached the Uber driver’s car, threatened to “f*cking destroy him,” opened his car door, spit on him, and punched him. The attacker also twice made an Islamophobic slur, saying, “How many virgins do you get for sucking c***?”

SEEPartial Video of Incident (WARNING – GRAPHIC)

[NOTE: Most profane language used by the attacker has been censored. Media outlets may request an original, uncensored version of the video by emailing info@ga.cair.com]

Cobb County Police officers arrested the man, charging him with simple battery and public drunkenness. He has been released on bond, and he has not yet been formally indicted, according to the court dockets.

SEEPolice Report – SunTrust Park Incident

“We thank the Cobb County Police Department for immediately arresting this man, and we encourage the prosecutor’s office to pursue this case further,” said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney with CAIR-Georgia. 

Khwaja added, “This crime serves as another reminder of why Georgia should recognize, document, and penalize hate crimes. Without a hate crimes law, officers and prosecutors cannot officially document or appropriately punish these incidents for what they are: crimes of hate.”

During the 2019 Georgia legislative session, a proposed hate crimes law passed the House, but failed to make it through the Senate.

SEEWhat Didn’t Pass in the 2019 Legislative Session

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director, CAIR Georgia, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com. Murtaza Khwaja, Staff Attorney, 404-432-8847, mkhwaja@cair.com

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