California State Worker Charged With Hate Crime For Throwing Coffee On Muslim

  • by: Alan Duke

Denise Slader, an employee of California's Department of Corrections, faces a hate crime charge after an incident at a state park in which she allegedly struck a Muslim man with an umbrella and then threw coffee on him. A video posted on the Bay area victim's Facebook page shows the incident.

Rasheed Albeshari, 31, said he was playing volleyball and praying at the park on Sunday, December 3, 2015, when Slader approached.

"After praying, this lady approached us and started yelling at us that we're brainwashed for believing in Allah," Albeshari wrote on his Facebook page. "'Allah is evil she said. I started video taping her. I also was hit by an umbrella before taking a shower of coffee right on my face. And what happened next was this."

One of his friends began recording the encounter with a cell phone just as a park ranger tried to mediate.

#Islamophobia After praying, this lady approached us and started yelling at us that we're brainwashed for believing in Allah, "Allah is evil" she said. I started video taping her, I ,also, was hit by an umbrella before taking a shower of coffee right on my face. And what happened next was this..

Posted by Rasheed Albeshari on Monday, December 7, 2015

The Alameda County, California, district attorney filed hate crime charges against Slader and the corrections department is investigating to decide if it should take action against their employee.

Albeshari, whose parents are from Yemen, was born in Tennessee. He told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that he had never encountered any form of racism, including based on his religion, before this month's incident. "It's just overwhelming," he said. "I think that's what makes this nation great: tolerance and acceptance."


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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