CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (CBSDC/AP) — A California state worker was caught on video making anti-Islamic slurs and then throwing coffee and an umbrella at a group of Muslim men who had been praying at San Francisco Bay Area park.
KNTV reports Wednesday that East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman Carolyn Jones says the district’s police officers were forwarding their investigation to the district attorney’s office for review.
Jones said prosecutors will then decide whether to charge Department of Corrections administrative worker Denise Slader.
Slader’s actions at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley were captured on video and posted on Facebook by Rasheed Albeshari.
In the video, Slader stands with her purse, umbrella and a cup of coffee, saying Albeshari’s “people have tortured” others.
A park ranger tried to diffuse the situation. Reached Wednesday, Slader reiterated what she said in the video. Albershari was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
Acts and attitudes of hatred toward Muslims have appeared across the country in recent months following terror attacks around the world.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama detailed the pursuit to fight discrimination and said Americans must be remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they look like, or where they come from, or what their last name is or what faith they practice.”
GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s statement on banning Muslims from entering the United States has drawn widespread condemnation from lawmakers of both parties and several of his rivals.
The president said Americans will betray their past if “we were to deny the possibility of movement, the possibility of progress, if we were to let cynicism consume us and fear overwhelm us.”