Abdi iyo dacwadiisii midab takoorka.
Tuesday, October 30,
Scottsdale has been
presented with a $750,000 demand by a
cab driver who claimed an off-duty
Scottsdale police officer shouted racial
slurs and punched him during a cab ride
April 10 in downtown Tempe.
Omar Abdi, 30, and
his attorneys contend Abdi is suffering
from post traumatic stress disorder and
other mental problems.
The claim against
Scottsdale was filed Oct. 8.
It says Scottsdale
Police Officer Chance Lovell accused
Abdi of killing the officer's brother in
Somalia and said, ``you are supposed to
have chains on your legs, you
(expletive) slave. My grandfather had 70
In a Tempe police
report, Lovell was described as
noticeably intoxicated and smelling of
Lovell was cited
with one count of misdemeanor assault
and released him after the incident,
according to a Tempe police report.
During the ride,
Lovell pushed Abdi on the arm and tried
to grabbed the steering wheel of the
cab, the claim said.
Abdi pulled the cab
over at a gas station on N. Scottsdale
Road in Tempe and asked Lovell to exit
the cab. Lovell got out, pushed Abdi and
punched him twice in the stomach,
according to the claim.
charge was dismissed on August 7 because
the officer completed an adult diversion
program, according to Tempe Municipal
Abdi said he has
frequent head and stomach aches,
dizziness, depression, anxiety, fatigue
and is easily startled, the claim
stated. A doctor evaluated and diagnosed
Abdi with post traumatic and adjustment
``Mr. Abdi is in
need of intensive psychotherapeutic
intervention. Mr. Abdi will most likely
require six months to a year of
treatment, costing approximately $125 to
$200 per hour,'' the claim stated.
also stated in the claim that they will
allow the city 60 days to settle, or
they will move forward with a federal
civil rights claim, contending similar
attorneys or a Scottsdale city
representative could be reached for
Source: AP, Oct 30,