California state worker tosses coffee at praying Muslim men in park

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California state worker tosses coffee at praying Muslim men in park.

A California state worker has been caught on video making anti-Islamic slurs and then throwing coffee and an umbrella at a group of Muslim men praying at San Francisco Bay Area park. Rasheed Albeshari said he was praying near volleyball courts at Lake Chabot Regional Park in the Bay Area, when he was harassed by a California prison worker.A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee is being investigated for a possible a hate crime after an incident involving two Muslim men over the weekend.

KNTV reported on Wednesday that East Bay Regional Park district spokeswoman Carolyn Jones says the district’s police officers were forwarding their investigation to the district attorney’s office for review. This happened right down the street from our house — we live in Castro Valley — and it sickens me that you would be treated so rudely for practicing your faith. KNTV reported that police had that recommended misdemeanor battery charges be filed Slader is a program technician with the department’s Adult Parole Operations, according to the Los Angeles Times. Albeshari said the woman also told the group that they were “brainwashed for believing in Allah.” Despite attempts by a park ranger to defuse the situation, Slader was further recorded saying, “The people you tortured are going to be in eternity and heaven.

At this time there is no change in her status.” He added, “CDCR expects its employees to abide by a code of conduct that includes respecting the rights of others regardless of personal characteristics including ancestry and religion. In addition to the police investigation, an internal CDCR investigation into the incident is ongoing.” Carolyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the park service, told the Chronicle, “This is a very busy popular park in a diverse area.

Calling Sunday’s episode unusual, she said East Bay residents use the district’s 120,000-acres of park space daily for prayer, peace and solace, “especially in this day and age.” Albeshari was born in Tennessee and moved to Yemen with his family as a child. He returned to the U.S. several years ago at the request of his father, who said “Son, go back to your country, that’s where you can find your future,” according to Albeshari.

This is unfortunate especially in light of what’s happening nationally right now.” In recent weeks, the U.S. has seen an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric, which reached a nadir with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country. According to Muslim Advocates, a California advocacy group, there have been 32 anti-Muslim threats, shootings and vandalisms in the U.S. since Nov. 13 Paris attacks. Liz Eddy, director of communications at Crisis Text Line, told Mashable that the number of reports in the month of November alone was 6.6 times the average of any other month on record.

Though privacy prevented Eddy from providing hard numbers on the trend, she estimated that the organization receives about one million text reports per month.

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