A prime entry from our Too Stupid For Words Department, from the Nashville Tennessean, with thanks to zzzadig. The police didn’t respond fast enough? What could they have done if they had gotten there sooner? Put the defaced Qur’an on life support? Pounded its chest and brought it back to life? Come on. Police should leave the scenes of burglaries and fights in order to rush to the scene of a torn-up book?
A Muslim holy book was found yesterday covered with flies, with a torn-out page mashed into what appeared to be feces and burned around the edges.
The Koran was discovered on a doorstep about noon by an Islamic man who lives nearby in the LeNore Garden Apartments complex. He was walking to his home in the community, largely populated by Islamic immigrants from Somalia. A neighbor told police the book had been on the steps since at least 5 p.m. Tuesday…
How did the neighbor know that? And why is this story being written as if what was discovered was a murder victim?
“It’s in the heart of every Muslim. We respect and we love (the Koran) more than our families,” said Ab-dishakur Ibrahim, imam of the Al-Farooq mosque. “I don’t know why anyone would do this. I can’t comprehend it.”
About a dozen Muslim men waited outside 647 Crutcher St. throughout the afternoon, taking breaks from their watch only to pray and to notify other friends.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and are consulting the FBI. A suspect could be charged with misdemeanor desecration of a venerated object or civil rights intimidation, which can be a felony or misdemeanor charge, said Metro police Capt. Mike Hagar. The district attorney would make a decision whether to pursue criminal charges….
Funny thing: we never heard about that “misdemeanor desecration of a venerated object” when somebody was selling a consecrated host on Ebay. Ebay initially stuck to its guns, insisting that it was a legal sale. Funny how nobody pointed out this little misdemeanor offense.
Here’s the delay story: “Islamic leaders disturbed by delayed police response,” also from the Tennessean:
Islamic leaders said they notified police six times yesterday before officers arrived at the site of a Koran desecration.
Police said the delay was due to an unforeseen number of higher-priority calls, including a burglary and a fight involving an officer.
“We can’t pick when the calls come in. We have to take the high priorities as they come,” Metro police Capt. Mike Hagar said.
Three men, including two Islamic religious leaders, phoned for police help throughout the afternoon after a first call at about 2:45 p.m. Three hours after that call, and after a Tennessean reporter told the Police Department spokesman of the delay, police arrived.
Spokesman Don Aaron said the communications system had no record of the 2:45 p.m. call and that the first call that the 911 center received came in at 3:46 p.m. No police units were available at that time, he added, so officers were dispatched at 4:53 p.m. But as police headed to the scene, they were pulled off to deal with a break-in that was in progress.
The call about the damaged Koran was entered into the system as a “Code 1,” or routine call, and other calls superseded it. Islamic leaders said police apologized to them for the delay, though it was little comfort.
Police “did not respond in an appropriate manner to this incident,” Abdulhakim Ali Mohamed, imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville, said to a crowd of Muslims. “Regardless of their excuse, you need to let them know that you, as a citizen, will not accept that.”