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Demonstrators Claim Assault Went Unpunished at Dearborn's Arab International Festival

Video released this week by the Bible Believers shows several members of the group being hit with various items, and some claim arrests should have been made.

A video from Dearborn's Arab International Festival is making the rounds online this week, and some are saying it's a clear sign that assault took place and went unpunished by Wayne County officers.

Originally posted to YouTube by a group known as Itching Ears Ministry, the video shows raw footage taken at the festival during a protest by the Bible Believers. In the video, numerous attendees at the festival are shown shouting obscenities and throwing various items at the protesters–including water bottles, Frisbees, eggs and even milk crates.

Members of the group are heard mentioning being hit by several of the items. One man even says he was hit in the head by a "piece of concrete."

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department, which oversaw security at the festival, did issue tickets to one adult and six youth for disturbing the peace on the first day of the festival while the protest was occurring.

But according to the department, no arrests were made.

"While two individuals were going to be charged with assault and battery on Friday, we could not locate the potential complainants so those cases were then classified as disturbing the peace," the department said in a statement. "No injuries were reported nor were there requests for medical assistance during the incident in question."

An additional, unrelated citation for disturbing the peace was issued on Sunday.

"The rest of the weekend was peaceful," the department said.

Still, some supporters of the Bible Believers said that police did not adequately protect the protesters.

A number of anti-Islam blogs have reposted the video and called for a lawsuit against the city of Dearborn and Wayne County.

"The bottom line is Mr. Ruben Israel and his friends were viciously attacked by an angry mob and the (Wayne County Sheriff's Department) watched it happen," wrote Alan Kornman on the site The United West.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department saw it differently, placing blame on the protesters for inciting the altercation.

"While Sheriff Napoleon respects everyone’s right to freedom of speech, it’s unfortunate that some have chosen to exploit and taint what was to be a peaceful, community event," the department said.

The Bible Believers that if police did not protect them adequately at the festival, they would file a lawsuit. However, no such suit has been filed.

The department said it will investigate the incident further to "identify individuals seen on camera hurling items."

But "with no complaints filed alleging illegal activities, the effort to prosecute alleged offenders on the YouTube video will be difficult."

Marianne Ryan June 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My response probably won't be he most popular, but I think it's the wisest. Please see my very important response to all Christians at http://endtimealerts.blogspot.com/
AbuHak July 01, 2012 at 04:30 AM
It's obvious in the videos that the Dearborn Police did not attempt to logistically implement any plan to protect the demonstrators and in turn gave the demonstrators exactly what they wanted in abuse at the hands of unsupervised minors that they can claim is Muslim violence against Christians. It appears that ignorance prevailed on all sides in the video, the demonstrators were able to antagonize the youth in the crowd with a message bent on provocation, children were baited into acting like animals due to a lack of parental supervision, and the Dearborn Police stood by twiddling their thumbs until everything escalates. The promoters of the Arabic Festival should also look in the mirror and require an increased and more professional security presence at this event instead of handing out T -shirts with security printed on them to any cousin who needs a part time job. The Festival has lost its luster over the years and has become a place for young kids to roam the streets and protestors to make a name for themselves while the City foots the bill for the increasing cost of security. Many businesses on Warren Ave. benefit, but the expense and disruption it is causing is reason to consider changes in the future.
POWDERBURNER July 01, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Hey AC, I need to leave before these people make me snap. Can I have $100 too?
POWDERBURNER July 01, 2012 at 06:23 AM
WE CAN GET SELECTIVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH FROM THE CURRENT RESIDENT OF 1600 PENSYLVANIA AVE.
Julie A. Brown July 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
This was a digusting display on all levels and hate speech does not solve a thing; it only increases the violence and bad feelings. As I tell my students, you don't have to agree with everyone, or even like them, but you MUST respect them.
GPM July 02, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I currently reside in Kansas, where individuals and groups have had to deal with the anti-gay picketing of the Phelps family for at least two decades. We, like people across the nation who have also witnessed Phelps' protests, have learned that, as offended as the overwhelming majority of people are by their message, we are in America and in America the Phelpses, the KKK, and others who hold minority views have a Constitutional right to free speech that must be protected. There are countless examples of how to handle groups with conflicting ideas that ensure the safety of all without compromising the civil rights of either, and I am incredulous that the Dearborn police and others in leadership positions in Dearborn are unaware of them. Now the actions of the Dearborn police may well form the basis for a civil rights complaint as well as the need for federal intervention, needlessly ratcheting up the debate between these two religious communities. Idiocy!
AC July 04, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Sorry, the festival just completed its 17th year, so when I wrote "nearly 20 years" I figured that was a fairly accurate assessment. As for my offer, it still stands. In fact, a successful night at the casino just turned your $100 into $500. Pack your bags Rita.
Benjamin S July 04, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Lets rationalize, animals throwing stones, bottles and cursing AMERICAN citizens for presenting a different view of life. What ever happened to decent morality? Can somebody throw a bottle at another person, a milk carton? They go to JAIL. The police are incompetent and as a result we plainly see the barbaric situation.
Rita Dennaoui July 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
AC, is one of the most ignorant people I have encountered on this site. You want this so called family festival you can have it. Guess what , educated Arabic people would not even subcome to visiting Dearborn, as they have enough sense to know its a joke. You want to buy my home, you could not afford it. Maybe you can donate the $500 to your chosen charity , City of Dearborn since they are moving and they need boxes.
City of Dearborn (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Hi everyone - just a quick reminder to please keep personal attacks out of this. Thanks!
AC July 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Normally, I would be at least slightly displeased at someone referring to me as ignorant, as I try very hard to maintain a sense of awareness and to break free from the ignorance we are all born with. In your case, dear Rita, I can not help but smile, the way I do when I watch my one year old trying to discover the world around him.
AC July 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Also, I believe the word you want to use is succumb in place of 'subcome,' which is not a real word. And as far as educated Arabic people not wanting to visit Dearborn, well that's just too bad. That means more falafels for the rest of us ignoramuses.
does not matter July 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
If you believe this group drove as far as you think they did just to rile up a bunch of "unruly" kids, then you need a mental evaluation. First off, the Christian group never broke the law. They were assaulted by muslim fanatics, and the police just let it happen, plain and simple. The fact that you believe they were "unruly" in itself states that you admit they were up to no good.
does not matter July 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
So, what you're saying is, it is ok for the muslims to act violently? The police dept did nothing to stop there riotous behavior!!!! The law is the "LAW"!!! This liberal garbage that is generally accepted that the "LAW" should not apply to minorities has to STOP!!!!
Ann September 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The right to assemble and freedom of speech must not be taken away from us in The United States of America. I have been around protestors that I don't agree with but NEVER would I throw anything or to try to take away their freedoms!
Ruth September 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I can't believe the swearing coming out of the kids mouths... Where were their parents? The police should not have allowed the throwing of objects... Why wad that allowed?
Pia Ko September 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
to marooned: You say they are "KIDS, they don't know how to react ...." Where is the parental guidance needed to stop this destructive behavior? Why don't the authorities hold the parents accountable? Why didn't the police use pepper spray to make those kids disperse? The last time I looked, it wasn't illegal to hold a sign, but I guess Christians are held to a stricter (and illegal) law.
Haji December 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM
? lets define "hate groups". According to legal definition a hate group is: "a group or movement that advocates &practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society" so according to legal definition the "hate group" was the one screaming racial & religious slurs, cursing & BEING VIOLENT The group of ppl with placards & just "being there" walking around with those signs were (according to legal definitions) "demonstrators" Now whether we agree with WHAT they had 2 say or NOT - NO ONE & I mean NO ONE - had the right to abuse them. They had a legal right to be there & say whatever they want as long as THEY were not causing physical harm to others. As much as I hate groups that DO that sort of thing & cause ppl 2 go nuts like those idiot ppl that protest funerals & whatnot - even THEY have the right to be in a public forum & say whatever - IF THEY CHOOSE TO AND - also - it is the "other side's" legal right to "counter-protest the demonstrators" but they may NOT get physical or encourage "hate group mentality" with physical violence to the other side The ppl screaming & cursing & throwing things are the "hate group" in this instance & theyre WRONG! Theyre also a SHAME to the Ummah and the entire community of Dearborn! And the RESPONSIBLE ppl in the area that DID NOTHING are as much to blame for NOT CORRECTING the situation!
Haji December 19, 2012 at 12:52 AM
and btw - I do think the pigs head was VERY inappropriate! i would not bring that to a demonstration involving jewish issues that i may not agree with, and it was indeed a VERY bad gesture on the part of the demonstrators!! but AGAIN - i reiterate - the kids, teens, OR ADULTS had no business doing what they did to those ppl! Those muslim kids and YOUNG ADULT TEENS screaming and CURSING like that were a DISGRACE to the muslim community of Dearborn and the entire Ummah in general!! it indeed spoke volumes of the religious "tolerance" these children and teens and even ADULTS have been taught and practice. And they obviously practice it in extreme hipocrasy. THEIR PARENTS AND CLERICS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEIR BEHAVIOR!! Something is WRONG in our muslim community if THIS IS HAPPENING! And the authorities of the city should be held to account for their lack of CIVIL ENFORCEMENT of the right to free speech - no matter how much they may not have agreed with its message... If muslims go to a christian festival and carry signs showing breaking of the crosses, i doubt very seriously they would be treated this way which speaks VOLUMES! Everyone knows the side in the wrong is usually the side trying to scream the loudest in the argument... I'm very ashamed of the INTOLERANCE AND VIOLENCE that was shown here in the name of the supposedly TOLERANT --- "Religion of Peace" ....
Haji December 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
To all who call demonstrators - "HATE GROUP" According to legal definition a "hate group" is: "a group or movement that advocates &practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society" so according to legal definition the "hate group" was the one screaming racial & religious slurs, cursing & BEING VIOLENT The group of ppl with placards & just "being there" walking around with those signs were (according to legal definitions) "demonstrators" Now whether we agree with WHAT they had 2 say or NOT - NO ONE & I mean NO ONE - had the right to abuse them. They had a legal right to be there & say whatever they want as long as THEY were not causing physical harm to others. As much as I hate groups that DO that sort of thing & cause ppl 2 go nuts like those idiot ppl that protest funerals & whatnot - even THEY have the right to be in a public forum & say whatever - IF THEY CHOOSE TO AND - also - it is the "other side's" legal right to "counter-protest the demonstrators" but they may NOT get physical or encourage "hate group mentality" with physical violence to the other side The ppl screaming & cursing & throwing things are the "hate group" in this instance & theyre WRONG! Theyre also a SHAME to the Ummah and the entire community of Dearborn! And the RESPONSIBLE ppl in the area that DID NOTHING are as much to blame for NOT CORRECTING the situation!
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It has been published in federal court. The city administration can rightly expect to pay for a fourth civil rights violation in four years. The way you are going you are going to have to raise taxes to pay off civil rights court awards. Talk about a low learning curve.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Who appointed you to judge them.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I would not stone them. The Chief Deputy is going to cost the tax payer a lot of money. If he was set up he fell for it hook, line and sinker. Open your billfolds. Those Christians will be back i June 2013. Oh, also, the Chamber of Commerce has been sued with the city and county. In a Section 1983 federal suit if a non-goverment agency illegally acts in concert with a government agency the person and/or organization is subject to pay damages. The group will be able to live for a number of years from your taxes.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
A "thin skin" in law enforcement is a road map for disaster.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
A civil tort does not require a police report.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Their 1st Amendment and 14th Amendment rights were violated.
David Dean December 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Wrong response Haji. Let us define freedom of speech. I have a right to "offend you" and you do not have a right to be offended. What about the fellow that was arrested for flying a Jewish flag on his truck. That is going to cost you. If I had the time I would put a Jewish flag on my car and drive around the high school.. Easy way to make money. I am not Jewish, but I wear a Star of David.
Crucian Gringa March 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Like what? standing in a corner silently, not even talking, is against the Bible??? Saying Jesus is Lord on a T-shirt (not even voice speech) is against the Bible? Umm, ok dude - but if that is your understanding of the Bible (not to mention US Constitution,based on the Bible) then...1) you are choosing Hell imho, and 2) you do not have the right to live in the USA. In order to live here, one must both understand AND abide by our constitution (not Bible). You are saying both incorrect and vile things against The Bible, and Constitution Ah well, such is the nature of Freewill.
Crucian Gringa March 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM
So you are going to burn the entire CONSITUTION, because bad people might follow it too...WOW!!!Slippery Slope. Then I guess you must be for the way Southern redneck cops put dogs on Civil Rights Protesters back in the day. I guess you were FOR that. Yea, sure, peaceful protesters like Martin Luther King,just get blown away by water hoses and dogs? I mean maybe they HATED TOO, maybe they hated the Southern white people that they were Marching in front of...I would. But they were peaceful and within their rights (thought it "antagonized" the Southern Locals, like in Dearborn). Shame on you.
Crucian Gringa March 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM
You have to be actually specific...insult is fairly easy- but to what degree? If I say that when I lived in Egypt it was cramped and crowded and loud, will Egyptians be insulted? But what the heck is 'hate" speech. I HATE orange (I mean really). I HATE people who are stupid. I HATE people who do not understand what the constitution is...oh, wow, how much time do you have? But please let me know what I am allowed to hate, and what I am not (please don't say orange...) Thanks.

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