Apparently Abdulrahman Zeitoun was following religious dictates. Don't arrest him. Obama say, "Respect it!"
Wife Abuse Rap Casts Shadow On "Zeitoun" Hero Smoking Gun (hat tip Bill R)
Subject of lauded Dave Eggers book copped last year to attack
JANUARY 31--The New Orleans man whose post-Hurricane Katrina heroics and tribulations were chronicled by best-selling author Dave Eggers in the book “Zeitoun” was convicted last year of battering his wife, who told police that she had received several prior beatings, but never called cops on her spouse.
According to a New Orleans Police Department report, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, 54, was arrested last March after officers responded to a domestic battery call at the Uptown home of his wife Kathryn and the couple’s five children.
Upon arriving at the Dart Street residence, cops found Kathryn face down on the living room floor holding an ice-filled cloth to her forehead. Three of her children were nearby “crying hysterically,” police reported.
Kathryn Zeitoun, 40, told officers that she was separated from her husband “due to finances,” and that he was living next door in a home on Dart Street. She said that after her estranged husband entered the home around 6:30 PM on March 2, they got into a “heated verbal argument” that quickly became physical.
Zeitoun told cops that her husband pushed her to the living room floor, “mounting her and hitting her in the back of the head with a closed fist.” She added that, “her face was smashed into the floor of the residence several times during the battery,” police reported.
The assault ended when the couple’s 15-year-old daughter--responding to her mother’s screams for help--kicked her father in the neck, causing him to fall off Kathryn and flee the residence. The teen said she observed her father “beating her mother.” A second daughter interviewed by cops corroborated statements by her mother and sister (the child watched the entire assault from the kitchen).
Before an ambulance arrived to transport her to Tulane University Hospital, Kathryn told officers that she has “received beatings from her husband several times prior,” but that she “never reported them to the police out of fear.” The police report does not include further details of these alleged prior attacks.