Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

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Courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department
Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

The woman was able to provide a description that served as the basis for the composite sketch released by police. The hater was further described as in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 tall, with a thin build, short brown hair, brown eyes, and a trimmed brown mustache and beard. He was last seen wearing a white buttoned-up shirt and black pants. His shoes may also have been black.

"This incident occurred during the day in a busy shopping center and we are hoping that someone may have witnessed the encounter or saw the suspect leaving the area, and can provide us with additional information," says McDonnell in a City News Service report. "Crimes of this nature will not be tolerated in our city and we will continue our efforts to find the suspect and hold him accountable."

Anyone with information was asked to call the Long Beach Police Department's Violent Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7250. A CAIR-LA statement points to the same number and adds that anonymous tips can be left with LA Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477, by texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

The woman's family had reported the incident to CAIR-LA's Civil Rights Department, the organization noted.

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

so why didnt the unfair law aka stop the crime



the criminal committed a criminal act


punish him/her in the fairness that we should strive for instead of this 


politically charged people dividing method



oh, wait, that would destroy the Leftist agenda 



Kristine Buchquhannane
Kristine Buchquhannane

Give her a lie detector. Start there. May save lots of taxpayer money on the investigation! #theylienonstop #prettymuchalltheydo

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Maybe wearing a hijab ought to be a dumb crime on her part (just like the orthodox Jewish nut cases or catholic nut cases who won't eat meat on Friday, etc) OR child abuse crime on the part of her parents for brainwashing her into living that way.

Mark Mayer
Mark Mayer

The plague of bearded men of European ancestry?

Desirée Martinez
Desirée Martinez

Wow, people continue to amaze me everyday. I hope this person is caught before he hurts others. It is amazing how hateful people can be. All religious groups have extremist that do things they shouldn't, but that doesn't mean everyone is that way. Grow up. Hate paid with hate.... So smart huh? Poor women.

Darilynn Tipton
Darilynn Tipton

I hope he gets caught and charged with a hate crime. No woman should have to live in fear of any kind of attack. We live in a FREE country, and as diverse as this area is, you'd think people would be more accepting.

lonhall
lonhall

Hoping they find this piece of shit and flush him down a toilet!

Lana NaNa
Lana NaNa

If i see him in my neighborhood again im gonna bitch slap him with a scarf

Vincent Pittman
Vincent Pittman

You're right E. Freeman, all violent crimes should be considered"hate crimes".

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz

Just my thought... You're the one invading my post. Haha ;)

Shawn Dreyfuss
Shawn Dreyfuss

No seriously, when I was in pre-school I hit a girl in the face with a plastic shovel for that very reason.

El Coico
El Coico

Juan Gomez portate bien guey.

Minh Vu
Minh Vu

how about we focus on the main issue at hand mr smarty pants lol

Jade E. Freeman
Jade E. Freeman

How do you know the accused "hates" the person he assaulted?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Writer = one who writes. Killer = one who kills. Baker = one who bakes. Lover = one who loves. Hater = one who hates.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Well it sure as hell wasn't a love crime!

Jade E. Freeman
Jade E. Freeman

"Hater" makes it sound like hip-hop beef. Wouldn't "alleged assailant" or "alleged attacker" be wiser choices?

Faisal K. Durrani
Faisal K. Durrani

But in all honesty man, the dude is probably not right in the head. May God help him.

Faisal K. Durrani
Faisal K. Durrani

He'd probably be better served shaving too because he looks too much like us Muslims and he wouldn't want that.

Faisal K. Durrani
Faisal K. Durrani

For stuff like this they say, "this country is going to hell in a hand basket".

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz

I take pride in my education and don't believe in the "Dumbing Down" of America.

Brian Nidever
Brian Nidever

I thought the only people who used "hater" on a regulate basis were Nate Dogg and Warren G.?

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

He must think "freedom of religion" doesn't apply to non-Christians. :-(

Cody White
Cody White

Dude i was just thinking that!! haha. David-Michael Jones

Brennan King Cane
Brennan King Cane

Someone who would do that is becoming dangerously out of control. They need to get him some treatment and keep him away from people for everyone's safety.

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz

Don't pander to the ignorant people that use "hater" on a regulate basis... You are a serious writer, right?

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

It actually kind of looks like your neighbor David

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

You think your disguises are so clever Cody White

Cody White
Cody White

haha wtf? that doesnt even look like me

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Well, sort of free. We're in the top 20 freest countries but not in the top 10.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

The crime was committed by an unknown assailant or attacker. Once someone is arrested and known, s/he will be the alleged assailant or alleged attacker and presumed innocent. If that person is convicted by a judge or jury of her/his peers, s/he will be an assailant/attacker. 

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

One of the reasons we have hate crimes such as these is because people are dumb enough to think may god help people.

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