Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser was ripped on Sunday for posting a tone deaf tweet about auto theft prevention just days after the deadly carjacking of an Uber Eats driver.
Bowser shared a video from DC’s Metro police on “preventing auto thefts” following the death last Tuesday of Mohammad Anwar, who was killed after two stun-gun-wielding teen girls allegedly carjacked him.
The mayor removed the tweet Sunday evening following a torrent of criticism.
“Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target. Remember the motto, #ProtectYourAuto,” Bowser wrote in the since-deleted tweet Sunday.
Anwar, 66, died when he was flung from the car onto a sidewalk. The two girls escaped without injury.
Bowser’s tweet was met with confusion and contempt by those online who were looking for words of sympathy.
“Mayor Bowser keeps finding new lows,” Porter Orvetti wrote. “Immigrants and citizens of DC deserve better.”
Another user, Gabriella Hoffman, said the tweet may have been scheduled to go out before Anwar’s death but was “extremely tone deaf.”
“Bowser’s silence is deafening,” Hoffman said.
During a Thursday news conference, Bowser described Anwar’s death as “tragic, senseless, heinous, ridiculous.”