Council on US-Islamic Relations Says Uber Driver Racially Attacked
The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will ask the Hamilton County prosecutor to file a hate crime complaint after allegations that a Mason Uber driver was racially assaulted and assaulted by a passenger.
The council called a press conference Tuesday morning at CAIR offices in Sycamore Township to share a video of the incident, according to a CAIR statement.
According to this press release, Abdelkadre Khamis Ahmat, the driver, is an immigrant from Chad, a country in central Africa.
He was attempting to drop a passenger on May 28 when his GPS stopped working as he entered the man’s neighborhood. He asked the passenger to direct him to his home. The passenger refused and called 911, CAIR said.
The statement alleged that the passenger called him a racial insult, vandalized Ahmat’s vehicle and assaulted him. He threatened to prevent Ahmat from driving for Uber again.
CAIR said the driver recorded the incident and that there were witnesses.
Despite recording the entire incident on camera and communicating with Uber on video, CAIR said Ahmat’s account with Uber was suspended. The organization wants Uber to reinstate the driver’s account because he provided the company with video evidence of the attack.
“Abdelkadre not only suffered a hate crime while driving for Uber, but also lost his livelihood as a result of this incident,” CAIR-Ohio lawyer Lina Abbaoui said in the statement. “We call on Uber to immediately restore his driver account and compensate him for the inappropriate closure of his account.
“As a victim, he should be supported rather than punished,” she said. “We also call on the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute this incident as a hate crime.”