Washington D.C. — Mayor Muriel Bowser is facing criticism after she tweeted a video on Sunday morning calling auto theft a “crime of opportunity,” following the death of 66-year-old Uber Eats driver Mohammed Anwar.
“Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target,” Bowser tweeted.
Following Bowser’s tweet, several people pointed out the hypocrisy and insensitivity of the mayor’s words.
Anwar “was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong,” YouTube blogger and BlazeTV host, Lauren Chen pointed out. “I believe this is what’s called ‘victim blaming,'” Chen added.
#MuhammadAnwar was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong.
In response, DC's Mayor posts this tweet about how to prevent auto theft.
I believe this is what's called "victim blaming."
Why don't we just teach teenagers not to carjack and murder, hm? https://t.co/xQmZCPxrfB
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) March 28, 2021
“Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet,” journalist Natalia Antonova tweeted. “And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC – there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car.”
Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC — there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car.
This was broad daylight. https://t.co/X1ehGtUVRd
— Natalia Antonova 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@NataliaAntonova) March 28, 2021
“Heartless or tone deaf? DC Mayor Bowser offers ways to prevent carjacking after Mohammed Anwar died as a result of this crime,” journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted. (RELATED: DC Mayor Reminds Everyone That Democrats Hate The Constitution)
Heartless or tone deaf? DC Mayor Bowser offers ways to prevent carjacking after Mohammed Anwar died as a result of this crime https://t.co/Ryp724geGf
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 28, 2021
In a Feb. 9 press conference, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III announced that a task force had been created in order to address the rise in carjackings in the city.
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