Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser has come under fire for posting a tweet advising people on how to prevent car theft after days of silence over the UberEats driver who was killed in a carjacking in the city.
Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a video from the Metropolitan Police Department on preventing car theft on Sunday with the caption, “ Car theft is a crime of opportunity. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target. Remember the motto, #ProtectYourAuto. ‘
The tweet Outrage from critics who called it tone deaf in light of the death of 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar. Anwar died on Tuesday when he was expelled from his Honda Accord after two teenage girls reportedly handed him a bag and tried to steal his car.
One critic tweeted, “Awful timing for this clearly planned tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a scourge in DC – there’s not much you can do [with regard to] risk reduction in addition to simply not driving. ‘
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (left) came under fire for posting a tweet advising people how to prevent car theft after days of silence over the death of Mohammad Anwar (right), an UberEats driver who was killed a carjacking in town last week
Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a video from the Metropolitan Police Department on preventing car theft on Sunday
Another wrote: “A Pakistani immigrant has just been murdered in Washington and your answer is to call this a” crime of opportunity “?
“I hope the immigrant community pays attention to how Democrats, like you, are responding to this.”
Several critics accused Bowser of “ accusing the victim ” and noted that she should not yet speak publicly about Anwar’s death.
“Are we ashamed of the victim now, Mayor?” asked a third critic. ‘#mohammedanwar did his job picking up people and / or delivering food so he could put food on the table. Is this all you have to say? Advice to avoid carjacking? Nothing to commemorate this man? ‘
Bowser’s tweet drew outrage from critics who called it tone deaf in light of Anwar’s death
The response to Bowser’s tweet followed graphic new video shared on social media has shown the events that led to Anwar’s tragic death, as well as the moment when the suspects try to run away while he lay motionless on the sidewalk.
Anwar, a father of three from Springfield, Virginia, delivered UberEats when the two teens, aged 13 and 15, approached his car and bagged it in an attempt to steal the vehicle.
The 90-second clip begins with Anwar struggling to regain control of his car after the two girls have already moved in.
“They are thieves,” he hears as he tries to get the girl out of the driver’s seat of the parked car. ‘This is my car!’
The teenager suddenly accelerates and steers the car through the 1200 block of Van Street SE, while Anwar still clings to the driver’s side door.
Disturbing video footage shows two teenage suspects climbing out of the wreck on Tuesday after crashing a car they allegedly tried to steal from Anwar
Video shows the teenage girls trying to run away while Anwar lay motionless on the sidewalk after being thrown from the car. National Guard troops detained 13 and 15 year old suspects until police arrived
At one point, the car is seen crashing into a metal gate from the left, crushing the delivery man between the barrier and the car door.
As the car drives away, a screeching noise is heard, followed by a loud crash.
The bystander filming the incident runs to the scene of the crash and sees that the car has rolled over and the two girls are climbing out of the wreckage.
Anwar’s body may lie motionless on the sidewalk corner as witnesses rush to get help.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area retrieved the juvenile suspects from the overturned car and held them until the police responded and arrested them.
Anwar was eventually rushed to a hospital but could not be rescued. He was thrown onto the sidewalk and sustained fatal injuries, including head trauma and fractures.
The Metropolitan Police Department described the suspects in the felony murder and armed carjacking as a 13-year-old girl from Southeast DC and a 15-year-old girl from Fort Washington, Maryland. They are not named because they are juveniles.
The graphic video begins with an attempt by Anwar to pull one of the suspects out of the driver’s seat
The girl then accelerates with Anwar still hanging on the left side of the car, causing the vehicle to drive down the road at speed. At one point, the car is seen crashing into a metal gate (right) from the left and crushing the delivery driver between the barrier and the car door
Relatives said Anwar emigrated to the US from Pakistan in 2014 and worked in the food supply to care for his wife, three adult children and four grandchildren.
“The family has been devastated by this senseless crime,” relatives said in a statement. “Mohammad Anwar was a father, grandfather, husband, brother and uncle loved by many here in the United States and in Pakistan, his native country.”
The two suspects appeared in court on Wednesday WUSA9
Prosecutors alleged that the teenage girls got into Anwar’s Honda and put the gear into gear while the victim was trapped between the driver’s seat and the door.
The car then drove through Van Street SE with Anwar hanging on it. According to prosecutors, when the Honda hit something, the door swung back and hit Anwar.
As the car made a sharp right turn into North Street SE, Anwar took off and landed on the ground before his Honda crashed into two parked cars.
The Honda turned on its side after hitting something that threw Anwar onto the sidewalk
Troops of the National Guard pulled the girls, aged 13 and 15, from the victim’s overturned car. One of them is depicted in an orange sweatshirt a few steps from the victim’s body
A judge concluded that the two teenage girls are a threat to the community and a potential flight risk, and ordered them to be detained pending their next trial scheduled for March 31.
Meanwhile, the victim’s niece has one GoFundMe campaign to help pay for a traditional Muslim funeral for him. As of Thursday morning, more than $ 85,000 has been raised.
“Words cannot describe how our family is feeling right now,” Lehra Bogino wrote in the campaign description.
Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache, and fear are just a few that come to mind. We will always carry him with us, but it doesn’t take away the pain of losing him so tragically and so unexpectedly quickly. ‘