Demand Charges Against Man Who Allegedly Harassed Muslim Shopper

Target: David Ebinger, Police Chief, Moorhead, Minnesota

Goal: Press charges against a man accused of following a Muslim woman around a supermarket, yelling at her to remove her hijab.

A Muslim woman has accused a man in a Minnesota of following her around a shopping center, angrily shouting at her to remove her Islamic attire. The victim, Fardoso Mohamed, said she was entering the Moorhead Hornbacher’s supermarket when an unidentified man approached her and said, “Hey, you need to remove the hijab.”

That was the start of a situation that quickly escalated, with the man allegedly trying to bar her from entering the supermarket while shouting at her to remove her Islamic attire.

“He was very close to me, and he was yelling very hard, very mad,” Mohamed said, according to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). She continued by explaining she tried to ignore the stranger while she shopped, but he persisted. According to Mohamed, none of the fellow shoppers helped her, even while the man continued shouting at her. During the incident, Mohamed had her 1-year-old child with her.

Eventually, she was aided by a store employee, but she said the incident left her shaken. “It was shock to me,” she told local media.

Moorhead police say they won’t be pressing charges, arguing the man didn’t break any laws. CAIR-MN disagrees, stating the man may have violated Minnesota’s anti-stalking legislation. “We urge law enforcement authorities to reconsider bringing charges in this case based on Minnesota statutes prohibiting stalking and harassment,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

If you agree, please sign this petition, and help us put pressure on police to re-examine the allegations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief David Ebinger,

We demand the Moorhead Police Department reconsider pressing charges in relation to an incident at Moorhead Hornbacher’s supermarket on March 18. During the incident, shopper Fardoso Mohamed said she was followed by a man, who angrily demanded she remove her hijab. The incident left Mohamed shaken. According to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), the man may have violated state anti-stalking legislation. Specifically, Minnesota Statute § 609.749, subd. 1. defines stalking as conduct that one “knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated, and causes this reaction on the part of the victim.”

Islamophobia is a problem nationwide, and CAIR has warned of a spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since last year. Allegations of such incidents should be taken seriously, and if possible, charges should be pressed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rusty Clark

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5 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Prosecute the Ignorant Bastard to the FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!!!

  2. It’s terrible that Muslims have been effectively demonized and devalued, and that Muslim women should have to suffer verbal assaults and stalking by ignorant abusive people. Muslim women should not have to fear assaults such as this happening whenever they leave their homes.

  3. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    If CAIR is involved then this either didn’t happen or not as is described. I don’t agree with harassing Muslims but so many of these reports are lies and distortions. I’m fed up with all of this Muslim rubbish, there are far more anti-Semitic attacks and they are not reported nor do I see anyone complaining about them.

    • How do you know that so many of these reports are lies and distortions?
      And, are you aware that Arabs – many of whom are Muslims – are Semites?
      And, are you buying into the propaganda against Muslims that’s so prevalent in the mainstream media today? They are not all killers and terrorists, you know.

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