Why is it that wherever they are present in the West, they factor high in the crime statistics?
Boston: Somali Muslim immigrant livery driver arrested for rape
A second reported rape in the Seaport District by a livery driver in less than a year has the city’s taxi union and a South Boston state representative demanding a crackdown before another young woman is attacked in the trendy nightspot.
“This is a real public safety issue, particularly for women in my district,” said Southie state Rep. Nick Collins. “It’s something that we have to resolve and I’ll be looking to work with the city to come up with some new legislation.”
Said Said, 40, of 97 Doane St., Quincy, was ordered held on $35,000 cash bail yesterday at his arraignment in South Boston District Court after pleading innocent to charges of aggravated rape, unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property.
Police allege that at midnight Sunday, Said, who is of Somali descent, picked up a woman in a livery minivan outside Legal Harborside restaurant on Northern Avenue and took her to a deserted South Boston location, where he raped her and stole her cellphone, cash and credit cards before dropping her off on State Street.
“This is sad, regrettable and unfortunate for this young woman but it would have been prevented if the city of Boston paid attention to our calls for the registration of limos and the vetting of livery drivers,” said Donna Blythe-Shaw, a representative for the Boston Taxi Drivers Association. “People deserve to know that when they’re getting into a taxi in Boston that it’s a safe taxi.”
Collins said he has set up a meeting with Boston police Commissioner William Evans to “lay out a plan for clarifying taxi regulations and concurrent jurisdiction on the waterfront.”
More here. H/T: Buck