Terroristic Threats Just Big Cultural Misunderstanding
Apparantly, in his country, grabbing someone's crucifix while wildly yelling is considered normal. Which, unfortunately, might actually be true, making the excuses given for Hamid by his family all the more plausible (if not irrelevant):
Abdul Walid Hamid of Hayward appeared before Judge Christine Moruza yesterday for an arraignment on charges of battery, grand theft, terrorist threats and exhibition of a deadly weapon.... Hamid, 22, who works at a kiosk in the mall, was arrested by Pleasanton police Nov. 4 after he reportedly yelled "Allah is power" and "Islam is great," while holding a pen in a fist over his head and then allegedly grabbing and breaking a crucifix off a man's neck. Witnesses also said he had been shouting anti-Christian comments, according to police.... Hamid's family members, who declined to give their names, say it was all a misunderstanding.... His family also said that he's only been in the country a few months and is still learning the language and the laws.Another question here is just what country Hamid came from? I mean, if this guy is here only recently do we really want him here? In my mind, no. I'm reminded of half a line from the movie Office Space, "This isn't Riyadh." Indeed.