On Christmas Eve, California Highway Patrol officers Andrew Camilleri and Jonathan Velasquez were patrolling the Bay Area when they pulled to the side of Interstate 880. At 11:30 pm, a red Cadillac CTS-V driven by MOHAMMED ABRAAR ALI crashed “directly into the path of the patrol vehicle,” at a speed of approximately 120 miles per hour.
Frontpage (h/t Eric) The crash wounded Velasquez and killed Camilleri, 33. Initial reports identified him only as a 22-year-old man who had allegedly been intoxicated on alcohol and high on marijuana. A drunk, stoned driver killing a police officer is a serious matter, and many Californians wondered why the CHP had not released the driver’s name, booking photo, and any background information of interest.
Nothing emerged until more than a week later, on January 2, 2018. As it happened, the state’s new sanctuary legislation kicked in on January 1, and the driver who had taken officer Camilleri’s life was identified as “Hayward man” Mohammed Abraar Ali. The CHP did not inquire about his immigration status.
According to another report, a hospital physician reported a strong odor of alcohol on Ali’s breath and described the man as “combative,” a rather unusual condition for someone who has survived a deadly crash. The Sutter Health system declined to release “any specifics” about what Ali might have said or done to be described as combative. In 2013, Ali had been “arrested on suspicion of a burglary in Fremont, but the charges in that case were later dismissed.”
Alameda County did not document Ali’s immigration status. Was “Hayward man” Mohammed Abraar Ali an American national? Or was he an immigrant who had perhaps gained admission to the United States through the lottery system, like Sayfullo Saipov the Uzbek Muslim who killed 8 people in New York on Halloween by running them down with a truck.
Or perhaps he came to the USA through chain migration, as a relative of a lottery winner. Or maybe he was in the country illegally, perhaps overstaying a visa or crossing from Mexico or Canada. Perhaps his security guard identification was false documentation. A search for Ali’s name on the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services website renders no results.
Was it possible that Ali was following ISIS threats to kill Americans during the Christmas season, and to use vehicles as weapons in attacks on infidels. Could Ali have selected the massive Cadillac as a weapon and deliberately targeted police officers? No law forbids reporters from asking such questions but in this case they apparently suspended their investigative curiosity.
Governor Jerry Brown mourned the death of Camilleri and honored his sacrifice, but said nothing about the man accused of causing Camilleri’s death and seriously injuring Jonathan Velasquez.
Ali has been charged with the following:
- Second-degree murder
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Causing bodily injury while under the influence
- Speeding over 100 mph on a highway