Hijab-clad Muslim cop harassed in US, told to go back to “her country”
An off-duty hijab-clad New York Police Department officer was called �ISIS b****� by a white man and was told go back to �her country�.
An off-duty hijab-clad New York Police Department officer was called “ISIS b****” by a white man who also pushed her 16-year-old son, the latest in a series of incidents in which headscarf-wearing women have been targeted in the US following Donald Trump's win.
Officer Aml Elsokary, who was off duty and wearing her hijab, dropped off her son in Brooklyn. After parking her car, she returned to the scene to find her son being shoved by the suspect, a white man in his 30s.
When the officer, a native New Yorker intervened, the man called her an “ISIS b****” before threatening her life, police officials claim.
“I will cut your throat. Go back to your country,” the man allegedly screamed at Elsokary – one of few Muslim officers who wears a hijab on duty, according to the department’s Muslim Officers Society. Elsokary did not identify herself as a police officer, and was unarmed.
Elsokary was touted as a hero by the New York city mayor after she ran into a burning building to save an elderly man and baby girl in April 2014. Responding to a call about a fire over the police radio, Elsokary and her partner had rushed to a smoke-filled building.
The mother-of-five had received a medal for her bravery. Elsokary joined the police department shortly after 9-11, and her Muslim faith was a major motivator. The recent incident is the latest in a series of hate crimes across the country against hijab-clad women Donald Trump’s win.
On Thursday, a Muslim student was allegedly assaulted aboard a subway train by three drunk white men who repeatedly screamed "Donald Trump!" and hurled anti-Islamic slurs before trying to rip her hijab off.
Earlier this month, a Hijab-clad Muslim student was allegedly struck in the face with a glass bottle in broad daylight at the University of Washington campus in Seattle.