There is more video on the immediate aftermath of the panic (that I wrote about yesterday) that ensued in a Cleveland suburb after police got 911 calls from the sister and father of a hotel desk clerk who had told them that a man in the hotel lobby in traditional Arab dress was using multiple disposable cell phones and pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Police descended on the hotel and tackled Ahmed Almenhali to the ground. You can see police bodycam video of the police interviewing the clerk and soon realizing that the man was just an ordinary person who had limited knowledge of English trying to get a hotel room. Almenhali, who had come to Cleveland for medical treatment following a stroke, can be seen passing out at the 7:45 mark.
The hotel clerk Alexis Silva said that Almenhali had said nothing about ISIS and recounted her version of what she had told her family.
“I said he is dressed in a weird outfit, he’s talking on multiple phones, and I don’t know what to do because of everything that’s going on with ISIS,” Silva said. “I said call the police because he kept asking questions.”
The man was trying to check into the hotel, but there were no rooms available, Silva said.
It is illustrative to compare that with what her sister and father said on the 911 calls where her father even said that his daughter was hiding in the back and was terrified.
This is what happens when people are scared out of their wits because of the fear mongering that is going on where people who are different become ‘weird’ and frightening.