DC mayor slammed for ‘deafening’ silence on Uber Eats driver’s death during carjacking
“DC’s @MayorBowser, who encouraged months of ‘Defund the Police’ riots in DC last year, responds to the murder of UberEats driver Mohammad Anwar by 13- and 15-year-old female carjackers with a shockingly tone-deaf message of how to prevent auto thefts in her city,” the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tweeted.
DC’s @MayorBowser, who encouraged months of “Defund the Police” riots in DC last year, responds to the murder of UberEats driver Mohammad Anwar by 13- and 15-year-old female carjackers with a shockingly tone-deaf message of how to prevent auto thefts in her city. https://t.co/mOHVUIf9De
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 28, 2021
Hemingway was responding to a tweet from Bowser sent on Sunday, which included a video on how to prevent auto thefts.
“Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target. Remember the motto, #ProtectYourAuto,” Bowser wrote.
Bowser’s tweet came after the murder of Mohammad Anwar last Tuesday, when two teenage girls, ages 13 and 15, allegedly attempted to steal his car and tasered him. The car eventually rolled over, and Anwar died.
“He was a hardworking immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2014 to build a better life for himself and his family,” Anwar’s family said in a statement. “The loss for his family is immeasurable.”
The teenage girls were charged with felony murder and armed carjacking, but Bowser has remained quiet about the incident.
Others echoed Hemingway in their response tweets, while also noting that Bowser’s tweet was likely scheduled, but her silence on Anwar’s death is “deafening.”
Uber Eats driver Muhammad Anwar was the victim of a carjacking by two teenage girls, who committed felony murder, in DC. He died as a result of injuries.
I presume this is a scheduled tweet but it’s extremely tone deaf.
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) March 28, 2021
Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC — there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car.
This was broad daylight. https://t.co/X1ehGtUVRd
— Natalia Antonova (@NataliaAntonova) March 28, 2021
#MuhammadAnwar was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong.
In response, DC’s Mayor posts this tweet about how to prevent auto theft.
I believe this is what’s called “victim blaming.”
Why don’t we just teach teenagers not to carjack and murder, hm? https://t.co/xQmZCPxrfB
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) March 28, 2021