An observant Muslim woman in Brooklyn, New York tried to stop her 16-year-old son from being bullied, but what happened next was shamelessly awful. New York’s 880 AM radio reported exclusively that the bigots harassing her son stopped, and turned on her saying:
“ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!”
The bigots had no idea that they had just threatened Aml Elsokary, a native New Yorker, and a highly decorated NYPD officer, whose a real-life tale of heroic public service that has been recognized at the highest levels.
In April 2014 the mother of five bravely stormed into a burning building to save an elderly man and an infant. The NYPD’s 980-member Muslim Officers Society shared this tweet of Officer Elsokary receiving her award in 2015:
— NYPDMOS (@NYPDMuslim) September 29, 2015
Officer Aml Elsokary is also one of the few NYPD officers to wear a hijab on duty. She joined the NYPD just after 9/11 to, “show people that the terrible acts of that day contradicted the teachings of Islam,” according to the NYDN’s quote from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who honored Elsokary’s heroism at a 2014 dinner at Gracie Mansion honoring the Ramadan Iftar holiday, “As both a Muslim and a native New Yorker, she knew she needed to get involved.”
It’s disgusting to watch the wave of nativism wash over America’s streets in the wake of Donald Trump’s electoral victory last month – achieved with a minority of the total votes. NYPD says that they’re investigating 34 hate crimes in the three weeks after the election, compared to only 13 similar incidents in the same time period last year. The Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded 867 hate crimes since the election.
NYPD’s hate crimes division has already reviewed surveillance video of the threats against Officer Elsokary, and the Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.