Somali American Cabbie Beaten In Alleged Seattle Hate Crime

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DTT Comment: Law Abiding Muslim citizens, working hard, making a living to feed their family, who have nothing to do with what is happening overseas are been attacked for being Muslim. Isn’t the media to blame for the constant demonization of the Muslim community?

By Venice Buhain – SeattleGlobalist.com

Taxi hate crime

This is the second high-profile assault of a cab driver in Seattle that is alleged to be racially motivated in the past two years. (Photo via Flickr user doerky)

A 26-year-old man is accused of a hate crime after allegedly beating a Somali American cab driver while calling him a “terrorist” and asking him if he was a member of ISIS. Two other passengers who rode with him allegedly participated in the early Sunday morning assault, according to police.

Jesse Alexander Fleming, 26, was charged Wednesday in King County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree assault and malicious harassment, a charge that alleges that the attack was motivated by racial, ethnic or religious bias. Fleming, of San Manuel, Arizona, is on active duty in the military, according to charging papers.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office requested a $100,000 bail for Fleming. His bail initially was set at $50,000.

The driver, Adan Ali Gaal, 34, was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken nose that may require surgery, according to the charging documents from the prosecutor’s office. Gaal spoke earlier this week to , who shared photos of the taxi driver after the attack.

The case is the second high profile assault of a cab driver in Seattle with alleged racial or religious motivation in the past two years.

Gaal told Seattle Police that he picked up three men and a woman in Belltown just before 2 a.m. Sunday and drove them to the 4200 block of 27th Ave. W. in Magnolia, according to a news release by the Seattle Police Department.

According to the account, Fleming got angry over how long it took to process his credit card to pay for the transaction, according to police, and he told the driver “you are a terrorist,” “you should go back to your own country,” and “I will shoot you” before leaning across the seat to punch him in the face.

After Gaal was knocked out, his foot came off the brake and the taxi rolled down the hill and struck several cars and an apartment building. The two other men in the car also joined the attack, according to police.

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