We have written on several previous occasions about the tensions building in the American black community toward immigrants (white or black immigrants). This is a case where you have to feel enormous sympathy toward the middle-aged Uzbek (probably a refugee) frightened by a gang at a gas station.
Cleveland Police announced they made an arrest in the shooting of a local man while he was pumping gas.
William “Happy” Neal [see his photo at the story link] was arrested on Thursday, July 3 for the June 20 shooting of Fazliddin Yakubov at the Superior Certified gas station located at 7608 Superior.
A Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokeswoman is quoted:
June 20th, some people were taunting Fazliddin Yakubov, 49, right before he was shot three times in the lower abdomen as he stood near a gas pump, said Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland Chapter Council on American Islamic Relations.
People at the gas station might have mistaken Yakubov, who is a native of Uzbekistan, as an Arab because he spoke the Uzbek language and then recited a Muslim prayer in Arabic when he became frightened by a group of people milling around the gas station, Shearson said.
I don’t know why Shearson assumed these blacks were targeting an Arab, its likely any immigrant would do. I’d be interested to know what the exchange was about.
Incidentally, two Uzbek men (refugees) died under mysterious circumstances in Boise, Idaho in 2006. See that post here. Anyone have a clue why we are bringing Muslim Uzbeks to the US?