VIDEO: School Board Member’s 2019 Arrest
Supervisor Herrity Calls for Omeish to Resign or Face Recall
On Monday’s Larry O’Connor Show, the WMAL host played extensive audio clips from school board member Abrar Omeish’s 2019 arrest. Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) shared his thoughts on Omeish’s arrest record, as well as her recent inflammatory comments on Israel that many would consider needlessly divisive, if not deeply anti-Semitic.
“I don’t necessarily support recall efforts, unless there’s something egregious — and I think in this case, there is something egregious,” Herrity said on WMAL.
On March 5, 2019, then-candidate Omeish was stopped for a traffic violation. The officer asked for Omeish’s license and registration more than a dozen times, after which he instructed the candidate to step out of her vehicle. Omeish countered that she didn’t “want to” leave her car. After several warnings, the officer removed Omeish, and she was arrested.
Omeish can be heard claiming “this isn’t fair”; that she “didn’t do anything”; and that “a cop is being brutal.” Omeish, now one of three at-large school board members, is suing Fairfax County over its handling of the incident.
As both O’Connor and Herrity noted on Monday, Omeish has a very long history of traffic offenses. “She knows the drill; I don’t know why you wouldn’t walk through the drill,” Herrity said. “I just don’t understand it.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Herrity shared a YouTube video link of Omeish’s 2019 arrest. “See the video of her traffic stop that results in a resisting arrest charge for not giving her driver’s license after she fails to stop at a red light. She has lost the confidence and trust of our residents,” the supervisor tweeted.