I want to share with you an email I got today from Detective Ivette Brown about the investigative assistance she got from Officer Furah Hilliker:
I took a complaint over the phone/email messages from a woman in Saudi Arabia. Her ex-husband lives in our city.
The husband created a fake Twitter account in her name and posted nude photos of her on the internet. He also sent her threatening messages in Arabic. As you can imagine, she was very upset that he posted the photos and she fears for her safety.
I contacted Officer Hilliker to assist me with translating the messages. I sent the messages to her work email and she immediately contacted me with what she read in the messages (prior to the beginning of her shift).
He told her that he would kill her, kill her family, and take their daughter from her. He also referenced posting the pictures on Twitter. He then told her that he would join ISIS to kill her and her father.
We are continuing our investigation but I wanted you to be aware that Officer Hilliker was extremely helpful with this case. Officer Hilliker not only translated the messages but also took the time to explain to us the cultural concerns in dealing with this type of situation in Saudi Arabia.
Having a multi cultural department helps us now that the world has gotten so much smaller. I assure you that we will do our best to assure the safety of the ex-wife and put a stop to his domestic terrorism of her.
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