Target: Duane J. Lovello, Chief of Police for the Police Department of Darien, Connecticut
Goal: Prosecute executive who stabbed his cab driver after uttering racist language
On December 22, 2011, a Morgan Stanley executive named William Bryan Jennings took a taxi cab from a party in Queens, New York to his $3.4 million home in Darien, Connecticut. Jennings had agreed at the start of the journey on a cab fare of $204. However, when he arrived at his house, Jennings was unwilling to pay the full amount. An argument ensued and Jennings told the driver, Mohamed Ammar, that he should “go back to his own country.” When Ammar suggested getting the police involved, Jennings leaned forward and stabbed him with a two and a half inch blade shouting, “I’m going to kill you.” Jennings faced assault and hate crime charges for this incident, as well as a misdemeanor charge for not paying his fare. But according to Connecticut Police, all charges have been dropped. Detective Chester Perkowski issued the statement, “I am aware that the charges are being dropped.”
While Mohamed Ammar continues to seek justice, the Connecticut State Prosecutor has informed his attorneys that the case is not likely to move forward. In the Prosecutor’s own words, this is “a miscarriage of justice.” Jennings got away with this heinous crime because he is wealthy and well-connected. Were it the other way around and it was Mohamed Ammar who had stabbed Jennings, the case would likely be proceeding in a much different manner.
Events such as this suggest that this country has two different sets of laws: one for the rich, and another for everyone else. Prove this wrong. Demand justice for Mohamed Ammar.
Dear Mr. Lovello,
On December 22 2011, a former Morgan Stanley executive named William Bryan Jennings stabbed a taxi cab driver named Mohamed Ammar. Jennings had refused to pay his cab fare and when Ammar suggested getting the police to settle their dispute, Jennings stabbed Ammar with a two and a half inch blade and told him to “go back to his country” as well as “I’ll kill you.” According to a detective from your department, the charges on Jennings have been dropped.
This should shame any police department. The notion that a rich banking executive can get off on attempted murder and hate crime charges is outrageous. I suspect this would not be the case if it had been Mohamed Ammar who had stabbed Mr. Jennings.
Mohamed Ammar deserves to have his day in court. William Bryan Jennings must answer for his crimes. Please re-open this case and allow justice to take place.
[Your Name Here]
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