Could Intolerance in U.S. Lead to Radicalization?

WEST SACRAMENTO -- On a bright, sunshiny day, Arooj Ahmad would like to be able to focus on the joy of taking a walk with her husband or going to the park with one of her three little kids, but frequently other people won't let her.

"There's been multiple instances where I know I was treated differently because I have this head scarf on. Whether it's, you know, walking with my kids to the local farmers market and somebody yells something from the car," she said.

"It makes me feel very unsafe."

Living as an easily identifiable Muslim woman, she always feels like a target.

In one instance, a homeless woman in McKinley Park -- someone subject to the disdain of others -- showed no compassion for her.

"Somebody's who's indigent, who's white can say you don't belong here based on the way you look," said Ahmad.

That "you don't belong" taunt endured by this native Californian is the same kind of charged wording a lawsuit claims was hurled at relatives of the suspect in the latest New York and New Jersey explosives incidents.

The one bomb that did detonate injured 29 people.

The federal civil rights action was filed by suspect Ahmad Rahami's father back in 2011.

It alleges years of verbal abuse by James Dean McDermott, a man living near their chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

"Muslims make too much trouble in this country."

That was just one of the comments the suit claims he repeatedly made to the family as he filed complaints about their shop being open past 10 p.m.

Though White Castle and other area businesses were open past that time and the Rahamis had a permit to be as well according to the suit, the family also filed against their city's police department, chief and several officers for ignoring their permit, writing them tickets and forcing early closings.

While Ahmad Rahami's radicalization by a foreign faction like ISIS is now being investigated intensely, West Sacramento mother Arooj Ahmad wants folks in every community to consider how the hurt and pain they cause someone right next door with their intolerance could plant seeds of violence.

"I certainly feel that there's more than what's happening in Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere else. It's what's happening at home that we have to look at," she said.

"That anger gets channeled and it comes out in this awful way, again it doesn't justify it," she said.

Ahmad Rahami was taken into custody Monday morning in Linden, New Jersey, after a shootout with police.

The family's complaint was initially stayed in 2012, but filings related to judge recusals and attorney changes continued until last July.