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Hate crime

Off-duty NYPD police officer harassed for being Muslim

By WITW Staff on December 6, 2016

A New York City police officer who was dropping off her son was allegedly harassed over the weekend for being Muslim. Officer Aml Elsokary, who was not in uniform and wearing her hijab, was parking her car when authorities say she found a man shoving and yelling at her son. When she intervened, the man called her “ISIS” and said he would slit her throat, before fleeing. The man was later identified as Christopher Nelson and charged with hate crime/menacing and aggravated harassment. Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the incident with a tweet Sunday night, saying “Aml Elsokary is one of 900 Muslim-Americas in @NYPDNews who protect us. Let’s stand with her family. Call 311 with any info. #NotInOurCity”. Elsokary made news in 2014 for her heroism in storming into a burning building in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg to save people from a raging fire.

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