‘Victim Blaming’: D.C. Mayor Faces Backlash After Tweet Calling Auto Theft ‘Crime Of Opportunity’

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Washington D.C. — Mayor Muriel Bowser is facing criticism after she tweeted a video on Sunday morning calling auto theft a “crime of opportunity,” following the death of 66-year-old Uber Eats driver Mohammed Anwar.

“Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target,” Bowser tweeted.

Following Bowser’s tweet, several people pointed out the hypocrisy and insensitivity of the mayor’s words.

Anwar “was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong,” YouTube blogger and BlazeTV host, Lauren Chen pointed out. “I believe this is what’s called ‘victim blaming,’” Chen added.

Lauren Chen on Twitter: “#MuhammadAnwar was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong.In response, DC’s Mayor posts this tweet about how to prevent auto theft.I believe this is what’s called “victim blaming.”Why don’t we just teach teenagers not to carjack and murder, hm? https://t.co/xQmZCPxrfB / Twitter”

MuhammadAnwar was in his car when 2 women murdered him in a carjacking gone wrong.In response, DC’s Mayor posts this tweet about how to prevent auto theft.I believe this is what’s called “victim blaming.”Why don’t we just teach teenagers not to carjack and murder, hm? https://t.co/xQmZCPxrfB

“Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet,” journalist Natalia Antonova tweeted. “And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC – there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car.”

Natalia Antonova on Twitter: “Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC – there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car. This was broad daylight. https://t.co/X1ehGtUVRd / Twitter”

Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC – there isn’t a lot you can do wrt risk reduction besides simply not driving a car. This was broad daylight. https://t.co/X1ehGtUVRd

“Heartless or tone deaf? DC Mayor Bowser offers ways to prevent carjacking after Mohammed Anwar died as a result of this crime,” journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted. (RELATED: DC Mayor Reminds Everyone That Democrats Hate The Constitution)

Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter: “Heartless or tone deaf? DC Mayor Bowser offers ways to prevent carjacking after Mohammed Anwar died as a result of this crime https://t.co/Ryp724geGf / Twitter”

Heartless or tone deaf? DC Mayor Bowser offers ways to prevent carjacking after Mohammed Anwar died as a result of this crime https://t.co/Ryp724geGf

The District of Columbia has seen an increase in carjackings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 142 carjackings in 2019 to 345 in 2020, The Hoya reported.

In a Feb. 9 press conference, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III announced that a task force had been created in order to address the rise in carjackings in the city.

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