Dubai: Avon’s Chief of Police Richard Bosley has apologised to Emirati businessman Ahmad Al Menhali, who was detained by armed police in front of a hotel entrance after he was mistaken for a Daesh member.
In a face-to-face meeting captured on video, the chief, along with a police department official, apologised directly to Al Menhali.
“No one from the police department [meant] to disrespect you, that was the not the intent of the actions of our officers. It’s a very regrettable circumstance that occurred for you. You should not have been put in that situation like you were,” said Bosley in a 29-second video posted on Twitter.
The accompanying official has said: “There were some false accusations made against you and those are regrettable, and I hope somewhere within your heart that the person that made those can maybe learn from those…and maybe in terms of another meeting we can get together.
”The incident happened on June 29 around 6pm when a female clerk working at the Fairfield Inn and Suites called 911 alleging that a hotel patron pledged allegiance to Daesh.
A report in the UK’s The Independent newspaper reported that the businessman identified as Ahmad Al Menhali 41, is from Abu Dhabi and is in the US for medical reasons.
The drama, as it happened was captured by a police bodycam and was aired by News Channel 5. The incident was also reported by several American media outlets.
The video showed that the police officers carrying assault rifles approached the hotel entrance where a man dressed in Kandoura and Arab headdress was talking on phone in Arabic. Full story
--- Good job America! That's what happens when uneducated people can't tell the difference between a normal person and a terrorist. I bet he will never step foot in the U.S. again!