Fair­fax drops cab­bie beat­ing charges

Pros­e­cu­tors cite time­line is­sues

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY MATTHEW BARAKAT

Fair­fax County pros­e­cu­tors on Thurs­day dropped crim­i­nal charges against a Vir­ginia man who was shown on video hurl­ing in­sults at a Mus­lim cab­driver in the days af­ter the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings.

Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Ray Mor­rogh said af­ter Thurs­day’s brief court hear­ing that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed dis­crep­an­cies in taxi driver Mo­hamed Salim’s claim that a beat­ing took place off cam­era and left him with a bro­ken jaw and a con­cus­sion.

Specifi cally, Mr. Mor­rogh said the tim­ing of the 911 call placed by Mr. Salim, of Great Falls, made it im­pos­si­ble for the beat­ing to have oc­curred when and how Mr. Salim de­scribed.

“We have enough trou­ble in the world with­out in­vent­ing things,” Mr. Mor­rogh said out­side the court­house af­ter the hear­ing.

Mr. Salim said pros­e­cu­tors never re­viewed the time­line with him be­fore drop­ping the case against pas­sen­ger Ed Dahlberg.

Mr. Salim said the beat­ing was not recorded be­cause he turned off the video cam­era ap­pli­ca­tion of his cell­phone to call 911.

“This is ou­tra­geous,” Mr. Salim, a nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zen from So­ma­lia and an Iraq War vet­eran, said af­ter the hear­ing. “I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the way pros­e­cu­tors han­dled it. If this is not a hate crime, God for­bid, what’s a hate crime?”

Mr. Salim’s at­tor­ney, Gadeir Ab­bas with the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can- Is­lamic Re­la­tions, said he ex­pects Mr. Salim

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