- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man is facing charges for allegedly directing an obscenity-laced, anti-Muslim tirade at a convenience store clerk on Christmas Eve.

Police say 37-year-old Thomas Giese, of Exeter, went to the South Kingstown store on Thursday then screamed at and threatened to kill the worker when the clerk said he could not help Giese hail a cab.

Surveillance video obtained by WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1OWOT1d ) captured Giese making angry threats and shouting: “We don’t want Muslim stores in our neighborhood.”

Giese, who faces disorderly conduct and marijuana possession charges, told police he had about 10 drinks and was thinking about the Sept. 11 terror attacks before entering the store.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim advocacy group, called for enhanced hate crime charges against Giese, who could not be reached for comment.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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