A Muslim woman is calling for hate crime charges after she says she was attacked on a flight to Detroit on Sept. 11.
Aicha Toure describes the attack as she tried to board a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. According to her, the incident began when an older woman dropped her bag and it then hit another woman. This woman was allegedly angry and verbally abusive.
“I said, Excuse me. I don’t believe she did that intentionally. It was an accident. This woman could be your mother. Toure said, “I think that you should be a little more respectful.” “She looked at me and said, “You F-in Muslim terrorist. Nobody’s talking to your.” “Mind your business.
Toure claimed that the attack went from verbal and physical before a flight attendant intervened.
Dawud Walid was Toure’s lawyer. He said that if the victim had apologised, he would have asked the authorities to release her. The suspect is facing assault and battery charges, despite her alleged inability to repent.
Walid stated that, in addition to the assault charge, the suspect should also be charged with violating Michigan Ethnic Intimidation Act. “The victim clearly spoke out about her religion.”
It occurred on the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
Walid stated, “We are aware that feelings were high but that’s not an excuse for anyone in America to accost another U.S. citizen or other person who resides here.” “That’s unacceptable. We believe that it was driven by animus toward Muslims. She stated, ‘You’re an Islamic terrorist.’ This is what we were told, and there were witnesses.
Spirit Airlines issued a statement saying that “a passenger on one the flights to Detroit last night used appalling language against one of our guests.” “This kind of language does not belong on our planes, or anywhere else. And she is no longer welcome to board any of our flights.”
The suspect was arrested, and is still being held.
This story was originally published by Scripps station WXYZ in Detroit.