ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The local chapter a Muslim civil liberties group is asking police to investigate possible bias as a motivation behind a violent encounter that sent an 18-year-old to the hospital.
Faizan Syed, executive director of the St. Louis branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Thursday that Hamado Muhando spent three days at Saint Louis University Hospital's ICU after being struck in the back of the head following an incident with a neighbor's boyfriend over his car being scratched.
According to Leah Freeman, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department,the incident occurred August 5, just after 4:35 p.m., in the 900 block of LaSalle Park Court.
The police report said the victim (Muhando) went to the front door to talk with the suspect, who was demanding money for the damage to his vehicle. An argument ensued and the suspect struck the victim, who fell and hit the concrete.
The report said the investigation was ongoing and classified the matter as "third-degree assault." No matters have been made.
After being discharged from the hospital, Muhando was in a neck brace for three weeks. Doctors have restricted him from driving for the next six months as a result of the head trauma he suffered.
Muhando said he's had to postpone his freshman year at Saint Louis University until the spring due to lingering effects of his injury.
Syed said the family has reported incidents of being singled out for their religion and targeted in the past: having a rock thrown through their window, tires slashed, and religious slurs hurled at their children. In each of those instances, Syed said the family filed police reports, but the department failed to follow-up in their investigations.