Woman Gets Standing Ovation at State of the State Address
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Somali woman who was attacked near Minneapolis for not speaking English at a restaurant is getting a shout-out from Governor Mark Dayton.
The Democratic governor invited Asma Jama to Wednesday's annual State of the State speech. Jama says she was attacked by a fellow patron at a Coon Rapids Applebee's restaurant on October 30th because she was speaking Swahili.
Jama got a standing ovation as Dayton recognized her during his address at McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. Jama is an ethnic Somali but immigrated from Kenya.
Jodie Burchard-Risch was charged with third-degree assault in connection with the Applebee's incident. The criminal complaint says the woman began yelling at Jama, threw a drink on her and smashed a beer mug across her face, causing significant injuries.