It’s been more than a week since a top
runner said he was attacked during a New England regional
cross-country meet in Cumberland, and police are hoping that photos
and videos taken at the meet will help identify the alleged
Mohamed Noor of Lewiston High School told police that the
spectator who attacked him was a middle-aged white man who wore
glasses and a green shirt or coat. Noor is black and moved to Maine
from Somalia in the past year.
The head of a Somali advocacy group has quoted Noor as saying he
believes the attack that forced him to drop back from the front of
the pack was racially motivated. The group has asked the FBI to
investigate the incident as a civil rights matter.
Cumberland police say that unless they can locate the man or
find a way to document the incident, it’s impossible to determine
whether a crime took place.