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Civil Rights Group Lambasts Acquittal Of Man For Allegedly Beating Muslim Cabbie

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Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a Virginia man caught on tape hurling insults at a Muslim cab driver, but leaders of an Islamic civil rights group say they're not giving up.

A staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the group is asking the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Ed Dahlberg.

Cab driver and Iraq war veteran, Mohamed Salim says that Dahlberg, who was his passenger, hit him and broke his jaw. He says prior to the assault he recorded a video of Dahlberg. WAMU recieved a copy of that video from CAIR, which shows the passenger cursing and saying most Muslims are terrorists. The incident occurred shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings.

In court, prosecutors said they do not believe Salim's story. They say the timing of the 911 call makes it impossible for his account to be accurate.

Salim said he is outraged by the decision. Dahlberg's lawyers say their client is sorry for his anti-Muslim rant, but say he never hit Salim. They say he was targeted for his wealth.


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