Claiming that her religious rights had been violated, a Muslim woman punched a man in the face after he had photographed her on a busy Toronto intersection.
The photographer was David Menzies, a popular columnist in Canada who mostly writes about cars.
He said he was with his nine-year-old son testing out a new camera in Yonge-Dundas Square, a bustling, neon-saturated intersection known as Toronto’s Times Square, when she became enraged.
This is how he explained it in a Toronto Sun column:
Suddenly, a woman wearing a hijab ran toward me. She was part of a group that included two women wearing full face-covering burkas. She was screaming: “We are Muslim! You do not take pictures of us!” (Odd. I can’t find the “no photos” rule in the Qur’an.)
I informed the lady I was in a public square in a democracy. I can actually take pictures of whomever I please.
And then: Ka-pow! Her fist collided with my face. Worse, she almost knocked my new camera from my hands.
My son and I were then surrounded by a mob of about 20 people, many of whom were speaking Arabic. One kept demanding I surrender my camera to him.
Menzies said he spotted a group of police officers, so he ran towards them, telling them he wanted to file assault charges against the woman.
He even had witnesses, a couple from Syria who understood Arabic.
But the cops refused to arrest her.
The officer interrogated the woman. She was still hysterical. Good. The constable would encounter firsthand what I had been forced to deal with earlier.
The cop walked back to me. No charges would be laid, he said, because he believed the woman’s story — namely, she was merely trying to knock the camera out of my hands.
Menzies was flabbergasted that police would not file charges. They probably didn’t want to file a report.
It was only last year that a man was assaulted by a Muslim after he photographed him on the streets in New York City.
The NYPD officer who responded to the incident ordered the photographer to delete the image because it supposedly violated the Muslim’s religion.
Menzies should have taken it all in stride by photographing the cops and the Muslim mob who surrounded him.
Or better yet, recorded a video of the entire episode.
That’s what I did in 2008 after I was surrounded by a mob of Cuban exiles in Miami.
Within seconds after I turned the video camera on, I was assaulted by a security guard, who was not even in uniform but was carying a concealed weapon I later learned.
The actions starts at 4:00 in the video.