Here is an interesting article from The United West which details an encounter between Muslims and Christians in Dearborn, Michigan. While I hate to see what happened to the Christians, those who want to claim Christianity need to know there is coming a time when you will truly risk physical danger in the U.S. for proclaiming your beliefs.
By Alan Kornman
Wayne County Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar summed up his situational awareness of the 2012 Dearborn Arab Festival in the Dearborn Patch by stating, “No official arrests were made, and Jaafar said his team was pleased with the overall outcome.”
Unfortunately for Deputy Chief Jaafar, this video exposes what really happened on 6:10 PM at the Dearborn Arab Festival. This reporter can assure you, Deputy Chief Jaafar, there will be an entire country outraged by the overall outcome of your willful and possibly criminal conduct exposed in Mr. Ruben Israel’s video.
Wayne County Sheriff Department (WCSD) Deputy Chief Jaafar, in the video, appears to be part of the top leadership controlling ground operations at the festival along with Ms. Ursula K. Henry, Director of Legal Affairs for the WCSD. Deputy Chief Jaafar is shown in the video consulting Ms. Henry on what to do with Mr. Ruben Israel. That is until Chief Jaafar lost his professionalism, got in Mr. Israel’s face and unloaded an emotional rhetorical barrage for the whole world to see.
It would take a psychiatrist to tell explain why Deputy Chief Jaafar snapped, but this is what led up to Jaafar’s emotional outburst. Chief Richardson said to Mr. Israel, “…your going to leave now”, Mr. Israel responded, “…we’re not going to do that.”
Deputy Chief Jaafar immediately got into the camera frame and said, “It’s not your call, we’ve been very gentle and very very respectful to you and you are jeopardizing public safety. And you need to understand it’s gone overboard. We don’t have the coverage to protect you and if we have two officers who can protect you it would work great but it’s impossible to do so. Your attracting a crowd and your affecting public safety, you need to understand that.” Chief Jaafar then told Chief Richardson to take over from here and left the scene rudely without listening to Mr. Israel’s response.
Deputy Chief Jaafar articulated the solution to the problem by saying that if he had two officers assigned to Mr. Israel’s group everything “would work great”. This reporter believes Chief Jaafar because he has special training in Executive Protection according to his bio. It is beyond belief that Chief Jaafar could not or would not, pull two officers out of all those officers standing around to protect Mr. Israel’s right of free speech without fear of bodily harm. This reporter believes there was criminal negligence on the part of Deputy Chief Jaafar and the WCSD because Mr. Israel and his friends were the victims of Assault and Battery, injuries were sustained, and Chief Jaafar did not intervene to protect the victims of a possible 3rd Degree Felony happening under his and Ms. Henry’s supervision. The WCSD has a duty to serve and protect.
Let’s see how the law defines Battery:
A battery is the willful or intentional touching of a person against that person’s will by another person, or by an object or substance put in motion by that other person. Such an offensive touching can constitute a battery even though it does not cause physical injury, and could not reasonably be expected to cause injury. A defendant who emphatically pokes the plaintiff in the chest with his index finger to emphasize a point may be culpable for battery (although the damages award that results may well be small or nominal). Similarly, a defendant who spits on a plaintiff has committed a battery, even where the only injury is to the plaintiff’s dignity.
The video clearly shows multiple counts of assault, battery, and aggravated battery were inflicted upon Mr. Israel and his friends by the crowd shouting Allahu Akbar.
Let’s see how the law defines Assault:
While references to “assault and battery” make it seem like the two acts are inseparable, within the context of personal injury law they are usually considered separate acts. An “assault” is an act which creates fear of an imminent battery. A “battery” is an unlawful, offensive touching.
Both assault and battery are intentional torts, meaning that the defendant actually intends cause harm to the plaintiff, be that the fear inspired by the assault or the offensive contact resulting from the battery. For a battery, there is no requirement that the victim suffer a physical injury. A battery may be indirect, caused by contact through a thrown stone, or spitting, and need not cause any harm beyond the contact itself in order to be actionable.
Based on the wounds inflicted on Mr. Israel’s forehead a case could be made for Aggravated Battery which is a Class 3 Felony. Otherwise according to Section 750.81 of the Michigan Penal Code simple battery is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than 93 days in jail or a $500 fine or both.
The result of the Wayne County Sheriff’s office failure to protect Mr. Israel and his friends safety exposes a deep and systemic problem inside the WCSD. The WCSD leaving Mr. Israel unprotected knowing violence would happen is criminal.
The bottom line is Mr. Ruben Israel and his friends were viciously attacked by an angry mob and the WCSD watched it happen. It is not the issue if you like or dislike Mr. Israel’s speech. Our Constitution protects free speech and our taxpayer funded law enforcement agencies are sworn to uphold the right of free speech for everyone equally. Mr. Israel caught everything on film from the minute they arrived until the minute they left and very soon I imagine the WCSD, Arab American Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor of Dearborn will have to answer for their actions.
The basics of Executive Protection skills Deputy Chief Jaafar possess and with the number of uniforms on the ground, Mr. Ruben Israel’s group of street preachers at the 2012 Dearborn Arab International Festival should have been protected by law enforcement when they were under attack. This reporter will go further to say Deputy Chief Jaafar was negligent in his duties and allowed scores of Class 3 Felonies to occur under his direction and oversight.
In the video, Mr. Israel told Deputy Chief of Operations Dennis Richardson his attorney had sent a letter of their intentions to the WCSD and received no reply. Deputy Chief Richardson acknowledged Mr. Israel’s letter and that Mr. Israel and his group would be at the festival just as they were the previous year.
The Arab American Chamber of Commerce is one of the main sponsors of the event and is responsible for the cost of providing adequate security, comfort stations, and all the other details in putting on a citywide fair costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. In past events the City of Dearborn partnered with the Arab American Chamber in managing the Arab Festival.
The City of Dearborn / Arab Chamber of Commerce partnership resulted in the City of Dearborn loosing a 2010 freedom of speech lawsuit filed by George Saieg a Christian street preacher. This bigoted, hateful, and intolerance towards Christians shown by Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly cost his city $100,000. The following year David Wood and his team were falsely arrested for breach of the peace. The Thomas More Law Center took David Wood’s case and won.
Dearborn, MI is a small town of around 100,000 people. People are asking, why is all this animosity and hate towards Christians manifesting itself in Dearborn. The answer may be in the fact Dearborn is 46% Muslim. Dearborn has the largest Muslim population of any city in America. It is up to the reader come to their own conclusions.
The multiple violent attacks on Mr. Ruben Israel and his friends was the most violent to date at the Arab Festival. The fact the violence by the predominately Muslim crowd against Christians was allowed to continue freely under the watchful eye of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is criminal. The WCSD, through their inaction in protecting Mr. Israel’s freedom of speech has sent a disturbing crystal clear message to the citizens of Dearborn that rioting and battery will be condoned by those entrusted to enforce the law. The message is that Dearborn Law enforcement will turn the other way when violence is inflicted on non-Muslims and that freedom of speech will be silenced in the no-go zone of Dearborn, MI.
On April 18, 2012 President Obama came to Dearborn and warmly introduced his friends Mayor John B. O’Reilly and Wayne County Sheriff Chief Benny Napoleon as providing the “change you can believe in.” Rarely seen in public the President referred to himself as President Barack “Hussein” Obama while emphasizing his middle name. Both the Mayor and Chief Napoleon the last two years have been knee deep in expensive and divisive free speech lawsuits pitting Muslims against Christians. Was the President sending a signal the escalating friction between Muslim and Non-Muslim in Dearborn is the change we can all believe in?
In the 1940 and 1950’s it was not uncommon to hear stories of small white controlled rural towns, about the size of Dearborn, allowing crimes against blacks and Jews to go unpunished and in some cases covered up. The Civil Rights movement righted those societal wrongs and those type of bigoted stories are a thing of the past.
Fast forward to 2012 In the City of Dearborn, MI, replace the blacks with Christians and the same bigotry and hatred of the 1950’s was on display at the 2012 Dearborn Arab American Festival by Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar who was “pleased with the overall outcome.
The Wayne County Sherrifs Department had their legal affairs Director Ms. Henry making decisions on the ground during the violent riots. The fact she was there at the same time Ruben Israel and his friends were there makes me very curious about what was in the letter Mr. Israel’s attorney sent to the WCSD.
Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar admitted on video tape that if he had two officers available to shadow Mr. Israel and his friends “everything would be OK” and he chose not to do it shows willful misconduct.
The State of Michigan needs to conduct a serious outside investigation into this violent attack and remove those individuals found responsible.
Imam Al-Qazwini needs to use his position as leader of the Dearborn Muslim community and get actively involved with the festival demanding peace and tolerance from his followers. Imam Al-Qazwini must teach peace and tolerance towards Christian street preachers no matter how provocative they may be.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states United States law shall be the supreme law of the land not Shariah compliant blasphemy laws. All eyes will be on the City of Dearborn between now and next years Dearborn Arab American International Festival. And this reporter would not be surprised if a lawsuit or two are in the City of Dearborn’s Future.
God Bless American and God Bless our Troops
The United West