On May 23, a woman in a burqa attacked a Lawrenceville, Georgia family after seizing their American flag.
Aisha Ibrahim, 30, who later gave a false name to the police, calling herself Amina Ali Ahra, came charging out of the woods near the home of Dami Arno and her two children, 17-year-old daughter Brittany and her 14-year-old son. Arno was talking with her daughter in the garage when she saw Ibrahim grab their flag and its four-foot long PVC pipe from the Arno’s mailbox.
As the Lawrenceville police report stated, Ibrahim moved toward Arno “in a threatening manner swinging the post and flag at her, hitting her with it.”
Arno said, “A lady walked out of our woods in a full Burka, full attire, stares at us for a minute, then grabs my American flag off of my mailbox and charges towards us with it, just swinging it with all her might.” Brittany added, "When she came charging , it was kinda like momma bear Instincts kicked in . She had to protect her children.” When the two grown women started fighting, Brittany joined her mother while her brother grabbed the family gun. Ibrahim took off one of her shoes and struck Brittany, which a female neighbor heard, prompting the neighbor to also intervene. With the help of the neighbor, Ibrahim was held down until police arrived.
Ibrahim was arrested and charged with two counts of battery. She was also charged with misdemeanor for giving the police a false name.
Arno stated, "I have friends who have fought and died for the red, white and blue. When she took it down, it was not disrespect, it was not a slap in the face, it was a punch to the gut.”
"I have friends who have fought and died for the red, white and blue."
The day of the attack, Arno wrote on Facebook, “A muslim women tore my flag pole down this morning and attacked me and my daughter with it after the fight she was charged with simple battery 2 counts nothing else no hate crime no destruction of property no criminal trespassing nothing.” She later posted a picture of a sweater-clad Fred Rogers, writing, “Mister Rogers didn’t adequately prepare me for the people in my neighborhood.”