HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It's a video that's gone viral, a man in a Friendswood cell phone store hurling racist insults at the clerk behind the counter.
38-year-old Joey Derek Christian was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
A local civil rights group is now calling for a federal investigation.
38-year-old Joey Derek Christian was caught on camera berating an employee at an AT&T store in Friendswood. Christian, who was eventually arrested, told the employee of Middle Easter descent that he hats Arabs and that he's killed many before.
That request for a federal probe was sent by the Council on American Islamic Relations.
"The way he talked down to the woman, the way he's talking to an Arab," said Former Congressional candidate and businessman Hamid Parvizian. "When a person who is supposed to be protecting our country and protecting our citizens comes in with that much anger, it just infuriates me and it's spreading."
The man this attack was directed at stood firm, but was fearful for his safety. Subjects of these types of attacks are urged to take action and bring attention to the issue.
"We do recognize that there is a rise in hate crimes around the country," says Ambreen Hernandez from CAIR Houston. "Unfortunately many are not reported, so we are urging our community members to report these hate crimes as they come along."
"It's just another case of how how hatred, bigotry, and intolerance are becoming the norm in this country," says community activist Deric Muhammad. "But what I don't want to get lost is the professional way the employee handled the situation throughout this whole episode."
The fact that this man may have possibly been in the military is concerning to some, given his violent tendencies.
"When he started talking about being in the military, it was a disgrace to the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday. If he was in the military, his supervisors should look into some kind of disciplinary action," said film director Amir Valinia.
Is this a symptom of a bigger issue at large with bring our military service members back home?
"Our military right now have been taught to treat people as labels in many ways to perform their jobs, but are we giving them a way to assimilate back into this country?" asked Parvizian.