The two teenaged girls accused of carjacking and killing Mohammad Anwar, a 66-year-old Uber Eats delivery man, who was on the job at the time of his death, apparently have reached a sweet plea deal.
Prosecutors in Washington, D.C. have reportedly agreed to a plea bargain the terms of which ensure that the girls will not go to prison and will be released at the age of 21.
This may well shock, or even outrage, you, if you saw the sickening video of Mr. Anwar’s death. In case you missed it, here is how the Daily Mail described it—the description begins after the girls had tasered Mr. Anwar, causing him to lose control of his car:
The 90-second clip begins with Anwar struggling to regain control of his car after the two girls made their way inside.
‘They’re thieves,’ he is heard saying as he attempts to pull the girl out of the driver seat of the parked car. ‘This is my car!’
The teen suddenly accelerates, sending the car speeding down the 1200 block of Van Street SE with Anwar still clinging on to the driver side’s door.
At one point, the car is seen smashing into a metal fence from its left side, crushing the delivery driver between the barrier and car door.
As the car continues to speed off into the distance, a screeching sound is heard followed by a loud crash.
The bystander filming the incident runs over to the site of the crash to find the car rolled over and the two girls climbing out of the wreckage.
Anwar’s body can be seen lying motionless on the corner on the sidewalk, as witnesses scramble to get help.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area removed the juvenile suspects from the overturned car and detained them until police responded to the scene and arrested them.
Anwar was eventually rushed to a hospital but could not be saved. He was ejected onto the sidewalk and sustained fatal injuries, including head trauma and broken bones.
This account omits a memorable detail: one of the girls can be heard crying in anguish, “My phone is in there,” referring to the crumpled Honda with which Mr. Anwar sought to make a living for his family.
Mr. Anwar was a Pakistani immigrant. Last time I checked on it, Pakistan was a country in South Asia. So, where was the outcry about violence against Asians? Well, if there was such an outcry, it was so muted that I completely missed it. Why was it missing?
Well, Mr. Anwar’s death was just the wrong kind of crime: the perpetrators, African American teens, could not conceivably be accused of white supremacy, and Pakistan is not an emerging world power of which many in the business and political establishment are scared. Moreover, Mr. Anwar’s dying words, “That’s my car,” not only reeked of a retrograde belief in private property rights, but the outcry did not have that exciting, anti-cop frisson of “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
So, there was just no woke percentage in racializing the death of Mohammad Anwar. Indeed, Washington’s woke Mayor Muriel Bowser regarded it as a warning about the prevalence of carjacking (she later had to backtrack). The Washington Post did cite the “lack of empathy” in the suspects, and admitted that “the involvement of juveniles is of particular concern to the District,” where 23 young people have been arrested for carjacking this year. Instead of sticking with the really alarming matter of feral teens, the newspaper quickly focused on carjacking. The story included this detail:
Police say that in many instances the young people simply want the thrill of a joyride and the vehicles are quickly recovered. What, though, are the consequences? Police said that one of the girls charged in Mr. Anwar’s death was arrested after participating in a similar incident in January. Acting D.C. police chief Robert Contee told Fox 5 News that several carjacking suspects “are involved in multiple, multiple cases,” adding that there was a need to review “the accountability that’s in place.”
Now that young woman appears to have once again escaped “accountability.” Indeed, I think it is feasible to conclude that “accountability” is, in fact, not in place, and when such a plea deal is given to the suspects in Mr. Anwar’s death, I can’t see accountability looming on the horizon.
Somebody said on TV that nobody is going to march in protest of Mr. Anwar’s death. He was just a hard-working guy, the mainstay of a family, who wore unstylish clothes and eyeglasses and worked long hours. He was an immigrant, but Mr. Anwar’s immigrant status could not be used to stick it to anybody—you couldn’t say locutions used by the “previous administration” about the virus originating in an Asian country not Pakistan affected his fate.
Mohammad Anwar, RIP