Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hate crimes on the rise

NY City: A hero cop and her 16-year-old son are the victims of the cities latest hate crime.
A Muslim off-duty NYPD officer was yelled at Saturday while out with her son when a racist screamed at them to "go back to your own country."
Officer Aml Elsokary was not on duty and was wearing her hijab at the time of the incident. She was dropping her son off at Ridge Blvd. and 67th St. in Bay Ridge around 6 pm. After parking the car, she had already let her son out, she saw that her son was being shoved by a white man in his 30's.
As she approached the two, the man said, ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!"
Officer Elsokary did not identify herself as a policewoman and she was not armed at the time of the altercation. The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is now investigating it as a bias incident.
In 2014, Elsokary, who wears her hijab on duty with pride, was lauded a hero when she ran into a burning building to save an elderly grandmother and a baby girl.
She heard the baby crying on the second floor and she ran through the flames to get to her, using her jacket to turn the burning doorknob before rescuing the child.
But, according to Mayor de Blasio at a 2014 dinner at Gracie Mansion that was celebrating Ramadan Iftar, "Officer Elsokary was a hero long before that remarkable day."
Elsokary is a decorated officer who joined the force just after 9/11 in order to "show people that the terrible acts of that day contradicted the teachings of Islam," the mayor stated.
"As both a Muslim and a native New Yorker, she knew she needed to get involved," de Blasio said.
Officer Elsokary received a medal for her bravery the day of the fire.
Police have stated that between Nov.8 and Nov. 27 there were 34 incidents of racial harassment reported, up from 13 during the same time last year.

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