He threw a bible at my head.....Update- Including timeline
I just moved to a new neighborhood last week and I am a Muslim. I walked out the door wearing a hijab, a long tunic top, jeans, and a pair of flats. I was walking down the side walk when a man came out his door. I waved and said hi as he approached me I thought he wanted to say hi and meet the new neighbor. He just looked at me and said you need to find god. I looked strangely at him and said I already have but thank for the concern. He then said no you need to find the right god. I just started to walk away confused and he said don't walk away from me I am trying to save your life. He then proceeded to reach in his pocket and throw one of those tiny little orange Gideon (sp??) bibles at me. It hit me in the back of the head. I did not say a word turned around went back to my house got in my car and went to the police station. I pressed assault charges on him. I know nothings probably going to come of it, it was a tiny little bible but the police said they want to push for a hate crime. Opinions do you think he deserves to be charge with a hate crime for this? I mean it was wrong but that could mean a lot of jail time and ruining his life? I understand what he did was wrong and was I very mad but I don't want to ruin his life over this. He did not physical harm me. Oh and I moved to Tennessee from California so this was kind of a shock...
UPDATE: they did not push it as a hate crime although the judge said they could but the decided to just go ahead with just the assault charges as of right now they had me and the old lady who saw it sign a written statement and he is agreeing to just go with a plea bargin the state offered him instead of taking this case to court. He is getting 15 days in jail 2 months probation and 2 months community service. He also has to pay the court fees and I am going to file for a restraining order Monday.
Timeline I did not get onlline and post immediately what happened because I did not have internet set up at the new house yet! Wednesday (not this past wed. 2 weeks ago) was when this happened on Saturday (this past saturday) they put him in front of majestry and he asked if the guy wanted to take this to court. He said he did not he then told him what he thought the punishment for this should be then the state agreed and he agreed/pleaded guilty. Then my lawyer called Sunday evening and told me what happened.