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CAIR: NY Groups to Seek Federal Hate Crime Probe of Assault on Muslim Cabbie

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/15/12) – On Monday, October 15, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), and members of the New York City Muslim community will host a press conference asking for an investigation into hate crime charges against a banker arrested in February on charges of assault, larceny and intimidation with racial slurs against a New York cab driver.

WHAT: Press Conference Seeking Federal Hate Crime Charges for Assault on Muslim Cabbie
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Dar-Al-Dawah, 35-13 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105
WHO: Victim Mohammed Ammar, Victim's Attorney Hassan Ahmad, CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad, International Action Center National Co-Director Sara Flounders
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad, 347-296-7966, E-Mail:

The Connecticut State Attorney announced plans to dismiss charges against the banker at trial on Monday in the Stamford Superior Court. CAIR-NY and allies will host a press conference after the trial to express outrage and to request a federal a hate crime investigation of the Wall Street banker.

SEE: Charges Dropped Against Banker Accused of Stabbing Cab Driver

“We believe there is ample evidence to go forward with this case and urge federal authorities to take over from state attorneys who seem unwilling to prosecute this man,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad.

CAIR-NY sent a letter addressed to Connecticut Prosecutor David Cohen, Governor Dannel Malloy and the Chief State's Attorney Office last week seeking an explanation to the sudden decision to dismiss charges by the prosecutor's office. The state claims that although Mr. Jennings is most likely guilty of committing a crime, that dismissing the charges is the best result.

The cab driver, Mohammad Ammar, called the police last December after the banker, William Bryan Jennings, allegedly refused to pay his cab fare, slashed Mr. Ammar with a pocket knife, fled the scene of the incident, and flew to Florida the next morning.

SEE: Morgan Stanley Managing Director Arrested and Charged with Hate Crime

Jennings, who reportedly admitted to being intoxicated after attending a party at a Morgan Stanley event, allegedly told the cab driver, an American citizen, “go back to your country” after refusing to pay the fare. When Mr. Ammar explained he would have to go to the police, the banker allegedly shouted “Go ahead, I pay $10K in taxes a year. They won't do anything to me.”

SEE: Banker Stabbed Cabbie; Then Bragged He Would Get Away with It Because He Pays 10K in Taxes

The Banker and the Cabbie: When two worlds collide

CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad, 347-296-7966,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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