“I live in America. I can speak English but we prefer to speak our own language,” Jama said. “If it bothers you, I’m sorry,” Jama told WCCO-TV.
According to court documents obtained by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Burchard-Risch heard Jama speaking a language that wasn’t English while dining with her husband. She then started yelling at the family, even tossing a drink onto Jama and “roundhouse punching” the glass in her face all while he restaurant’s staff tried to escort her out of the establishment.
Burchard-Risch was charged with third-degree assault, as reported by the New York Daily News. However, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations finds the punishment for her heinous crime to be far too lenient.
“The current charge is insufficient to communicate the seriousness of and possible bias motive for the alleged attack,” Jaylani Hussein said Friday in a news release.