On Friday evening, June 18th, 2010, I was volunteering at the International Arab Festival located in Dearborn MI. I had come into contact with two men that were going through the festival passing out literature. They both had backpacks on and they were filled with flyers. I explained to them both that they were not any literature inside of the festival. They both said no problem and left and took the backpacks offs. I saw them both about an hour later and one of them came up to me and apologize to me and let me know that he would not pass out anything and he just wanted to talk to some of the Arabic people. I shook his hand and thanked him and as he was leaving the men and a lady surrounded me with their cameras want to know why that those guys could not pass out flyers. I told them I was not willing to talk on camera and to turn the camera off. Then one got right behind and one on either side of me. I felt I was being trapped and felt as I was being threatened. I told them I would call security and they started saying, “tell me what law we broke?” I again told them that I am not speaking to them and to please turn the camera off. At this time one the Chamber workers, Amal had been watching the whole thing and called for one of the volunteers to take pictures of each one for identification purposes. She and a few others broke through their group and escorted me out from them. We then we to the police and made a complaint.
I have tried to put everything I remember exactly as it happened. I hope I did not leave anything out. If you need additional information please contact me at the phone number and address below.
Roger A Williams
If you need to me come up there for any court as a witness I would be more than happy to. These guys are liars and try to insight riots. I have reviewed some stuff they have placed on You tube and no of it is accurate.
Once again, here's what really happened:
Contrary to Roger's delusional-in-the-extreme version of events, we didn't ask him why Luke couldn't hand out flyers, we did not surround him, Negeen was behind some tents (rather than surrounding him), he did not tell us to stop recording (let alone twice), Amal Alslami wasn't even there, and no one had to rescue him from us.
Even more shocking than Roger's fanciful rewriting of history, prosecuting attorney William DeBiasi is relying on Roger's testimony as part of his case against us! If that isn't enough, he's also calling on Amal Alslami as a witness of our supposed harassment of Roger, since Amal initially claimed to have witnessed it. Yet Amal later told a detective that she wasn't even there! And she's about to be one of the star witnesses! This just keeps getting weirder and weirder. I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.
In any other city, Roger would be in trouble for lying. Amal Alslami would be in trouble for lying. The police would be in trouble for lying. The mayor would be in trouble for lying. And William DeBiasi would be a laughingstock for throwing justice out the window in an effort to please the Muslim community. But this is Dearborn. The rules just don't apply.