According to the brothers' account, police towed and impounded
While the brothers waited in line, an officer warned them that they would be arrested if their prtx)f of insurance was fraudulent, Mohamed, 24, said at a press conference on Monday. He added that police subsequently handcuffed him and his brother.
For two days, they did not allow them to call his work, he said.
"We gave him them insurance agents' number. but they wouldn't call them," Mohamed told The AANews. "They handcuffed my brother Omar. I asked them, 'why are you doing this?'Then, they arrested me. I was scared. They are the police. I'hey are powerful."
Asked about the possible motive for the officers' conduct, he said, "Because we are Arabs, Muslims. They don't like Arabs there."
No charges were brought against the brothers.
"We've had numerous issues with the city of
He called upon the
"They need to understand the sensitivities and diversity there," Ayad said. "They can't take advantage of an individual, whether they don't speak English very well or because they're from a vulnerable community and can't defend themselves."
The ACRL founder said officers could have easily solved the situation by calling the insurance company to check if Wassel's policy was valid.
He added that the insurance agents who went to the station to confirm the validity of the policy had no personal interest in the matter and should have been believed.
"The fact that city of
"ACRL has always called for police departments to be reflective of the communities that they serve," said
Beydoun said the civil rights organization decided to file a complaint with the
"The issue here is how do we get a police department to represent their community and not punish the citizens of the city," Beydoun said. "It's the