Virginia News: Jury Convicts Moroccan Man, Zakaria Taoufik of Assault on Federal Officers
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Moroccan man yesterday on charges of assaulting federal law enforcement officers and failure to depart the United States.
“These ICE officers were carrying out a lawful judicial order to deport a convicted felon,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This verdict shows that we will not tolerate this kind of violent attack on law enforcement officers. The United States Attorney’s Office will protect those who are sworn to protect us.”
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Zakaria Taoufik, 40, a citizen of Morocco, was being deported from Dulles International Airport pursuant to a valid final order of removal issued by a U.S.