Fairfax drops cabbie beating charges
Prosecutors cite timeline issues
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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