Ohio police have come under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations after responding to a report that a man was overheard pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in a hotel lobby.
On Wednesday Avon, Ohio police received a phone call from the sister of a woman working as a hotel clerk who told her she overheard something suspicious from one of the hotel’s customers, NewsNet 5 reported.
She said that her sister informed her, the man, Ahmed Almenhali, was “in full head-dress with multiple disposable phones pledging his allegiance to ISIS.”
The clerk’s father also called police asking for them to respond to the hotel, according to NewsNet 5.
Police arrived shortly thereafter and confronted Almenhali outside of the hotel with their guns drawn and ordered him to the ground.
After initially ignoring their commands he complied and laid on the ground.
But when the police interviewed the clerk, it became clear to them that a miscommunication occurred, NewsNet 5 reported.
Police uncuffed Almenhali but he collapsed for unknown reasons and was transported to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Someone saw something, said something and when it was apparent that the accused was innocent, he was released quickly. That’s how it is supposed to work.
But that’s not good enough for CAIR who generally sees anti-Muslim bigotry around every corner.
“Once a report comes in, police have to act, but they have to act in an appropriate manner, not based on someone’s anti-Muslim bigotry,” CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told NewsNet5.
And some wonder why people are afraid to report suspicious activity when they see it.
Watch the police bodycam footage of the interaction below and see if you can spot any Islamophobia.
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