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Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Assaulting Muslim Cabdriver

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Charges against a man accused of attacking a cabbie were dropped Wednesday.
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Charges against a man accused of attacking a cabbie were dropped Wednesday.

Fairfax County prosecutors are dropping criminal charges against a Virginia man who was shown on video hurling insults at a Muslim cabdriver.

The cab driver, Mohamed Salim of Great Falls, recorded the video shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings. Salim says his passenger, Ed Dahlberg, hit him and broke his jaw in a confrontation that occurred after the video recording.

Prosecutors say they don't believe Salim's story. They say the timing of the 911 call makes it impossible for Salim's account to be accurate.

Salim says he's outraged by the decision. Dahlberg's lawyers say their client's anti-Muslim rant was unfortunate, but that he never hit Salim and was targeted because he is wealthy.

The staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations is representing Salim and says the group is asking the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Dahlberg.

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