Tierra Young Allen, a 29-year-old social media influencer, has been detained in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (The U.A.E.), for over two months, facing potential jail time after being charged with “the crime” of screaming. The issue arose in April when Young got into an altercation with a rental company following an accident involving one of their vehicles.
During the confrontation, Young was presented with an unexpected bill, leading to a heated argument with a company representative. Unfortunately, her reaction of screaming in public violated one of the country’s strict laws on noise in public spaces, resulting in legal consequences.
In an interview with Fox 26, Young’s mother, Tina Baxter, expressed her concern and fear for her daughter, explaining how the situation took a different turn when Young attempted to retrieve her ID and credit card, among other personal items left in the rental car. The company demanded an undisclosed amount of money before releasing her belongings, and a tense exchange with an aggressive individual at the company eventually led to Young raising her voice, resulting in her being charged with the alleged “crime” of screaming.
Authorities in Dubai have confiscated Young’s passport and imposed a travel ban on her during the ongoing investigation. The trial will include evidence from a surveillance tape capturing the argument.
Quanell X, a prominent American activist and leader of the New Black Panther Nation in Houston, has been involved in Young’s case. He explained that the strict legal system in Dubai is heavily influenced by theocracy, and the country frowns upon raised voices, particularly from women, deeming such acts unacceptable.
Quanell X further emphasized that Young’s actions should not be considered a crime, arguing against punishing women for actions that men are allowed to perform in Dubai. He condemned the inequality and injustice in such laws and called for a fair resolution in Young’s case.
As the situation unfolds, Tierra Young Allen remains detained in Dubai, facing the possibility of jail time for the alleged “crime” of screaming in public, shedding light on the country’s stringent legal system and its implications, especially for women.