Commuter Attacked for Speaking Bengali

By Carla Murphy Jun 05, 2014

On a DC-area commuter train this May, 58-year-old Patrick Sullivan harassed and attacked a Muslim man who remains unidentified in yesterday’s news report from Fairfax, Va. Both government workers, Sullivan appears to have been enraged by the man speaking Bengali on his cell phone. "Speak English!", he’s reported to have yelled before escalating to hitting the man and alerting the conductor that perhaps the victim had a bomb as he was Muslim.

Local police charged Sullivan with misdemeanor assault and battery as a hate crime. But a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the assault should be punished more severely. 

Do you agree? Watch WJLA’s report to hear CAIR’s reasoning.

(h/t WJLA)