NY taxi drivers accuse the police of brutality and racism

NYTWA (trade Union of taxi drivers of new York) today made an official statement accusing the police of the city in neglect, cruelty and racism. The NYPD two days has delayed the identification of the corpse on the job of a taxi driver , Magdi Abuzaidwhy relatives are unable to bury him, as required by Muslim custom, on the day of death.

NY taxi drivers accuse the police of brutality and racismTaxi drivers in NY are outraged by the callous attitude of the police

The driver of the yellow taxi Magdy Abouzaid, a native of Egypt, died of a heart attack when the tire of the car on the side of the road. He was found by a passerby who called the police. Despite the fact that when the deceased had all the documents in the cabin was assigned the license and the machine number was listed in the database, employees of the NYPD has identified him as an unknown person and identify the person within two days.

At the same time the family of Magdi, worried about his absence, on the day of death went to the police with a statement about it. Nevertheless, they reported the death of a relative and gave the body only two days later. Because of this, the family was unable to comply with the requirements of the Muslim custom to bury a relative on the day of death.

The NYPD»s negligence in leaving Madgi Abouzaid»s unidentified body is part of a pattern of callous disregard for the lives of taxi drivers, a majority of the workforce is immigrants of color who keep our city moving.https://t.co/OLgSP9wton via @nypmetro

— The NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) November 30, 2018

It was in 2017. However, on November 28 this year, the family Abusaid filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for violating their religious rights. Today the suit was joined by NYTWA Union, which brings together 19 thousand new York taxi drivers. The organization said that will help the family of his deceased friend through lawyers.

The NYPD Failed to Identify the Body of Yellow Taxi Driver Magdi Abouzaid, Family Files Suit. Read our statement: «The NYPD»s negligence in leaving Magdi Abouzaid»s unidentified body is part of a pattern of disregard for the lives of New York City taxi drivers.» https://t.co/0yvsy5VcjQ

— The NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) November 30, 2018

Chapter NYTWA Bhairavi Desai today posted on social networks a letter, which explained why the Union will not leave this case without attention:

«This is part of a pattern of disregard for the lives of taxi drivers in new York, most of whom are immigrants. Unfortunately, we have observed that violence against taxi drivers.

We don’t think the NYPD could not verify many forms of identification, which were visible in the vehicle Magdy… We are absolutely certain that racism and Islamophobia has contributed to the unnecessary horrors and the fact that the family of Magdi were desperately looking for their loved one, while his body remained unidentified in the morgue.

Every day favorite say goodbye to the taxi drivers, not knowing if they would return. Drivers are murdered more than any other profession in the United States, as well as the risk to get into accidents. Stress levels for drivers has increased dramatically, as in recent years, revenues have fallen sharply, which led to a lengthening of the working day and the loss of health. All the troubles of the drivers should not worsen this attitude of the authorities and the police.»