Video footage has surfaced showing a 19-year-old woman wearing a traditional Muslim head covering getting attacked by a man in a Dearborn emergency room.
The video obtained by WDIV shows the woman checking into Beaumont Hospital on Feb. 10 as a disheveled man waiting in the lobby walks up from behind and begins pummeling her. Beaumont staffers quickly rushed to her aid to detain the man.
According to Dearborn police, the man has been identified as 57-year-old John Salvatore Deliz. WDIV reports the man was discharged from the hospital that day and had been harassing others in the lobby.
Now, the victim is suing Beaumont Dearborn, charging that the hospital did not do enough to monitor the man.
"We want to hold them accountable for not looking out for the safety of other patients," Majed Moughni, the victim's attorney, told The Detroit News. "Our No. 1 goal is to make sure no human being is attacked the way my client was." The hospital, however, maintains that staff acted appropriately.
Moughni believes the incident was racially charged. The victim did not know the man and it appeared that he attacked her "for no other reason but because she was a Muslim," according to the court filing.
Citing the inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric of President Donald Trump and other prominent conservatives, the Council on American-Islamic Relations determined that Islamophobic hate crimes have soared in recent years.
"The presidential election campaign and the Trump administration have tapped into a seam of bigotry and hate that has resulted in the targeting of American Muslims and other minority groups," Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said in 2017.
A 2017 Metro Times cover story charted the year of anti-Muslim hate crimes and incidents in Michigan.
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