(NEW YORK, NY, 10/24/17) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an attack on a woman at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and is urging anyone with information about the suspect’s identity to call NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.
According to media reports, a woman at a Duane Reade pharmacy inside the bus terminal was hit in the face, suffering minor injuries, on August 29, 2017 at 6:55 p.m. The suspect, described as about 30 years old, weighing 170 pounds and standing 5-foot-10, allegedly told the victim that “You are a brown-skinned piece of s–t who needs to get the f— out of my country.” The NYPD just released the suspect’s photo due to the difficulty in obtaining surveillance video. The NYPD is investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.
“The increase in reports of hate crimes is both astounding and unsurprising. Unfortunately, 2017 is looking to surpass the number of bias incidents seen in New York state in 2016. Racism is manifested readily with verbal and physical attacks such as alleged in this incident,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “CAIR-NY encourages anyone with information that can help to identify the suspect to call 911 and ask for the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.”
Earlier this year, the NYPD noted that there has been a 100 percent increase in hate crimes. CAIR-NY believes that even this figure is a gross underestimation due to under-reporting.
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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