One Minnesota women took things to the extreme when she brutally attacked another woman, smashing her face with a beer mug because she was not speaking English but Swahili while dining with her family at a Minnesota Applebee’s restaurant.Kenyan immigrant, Asma Mohamed Jama, was taken to the hospital where she needed 17 stitches for deep cuts on her nose, eyelid and lip after the suspect, who has been as Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch, took offense at the foreign language according to authorities.
“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.