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‘I will cut your throat!’: Muslim ‘hero’ cop harassed and threatened in New York for wearing hijab

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A Muslim New York City police officer who has been decorated for her life-saving bravery in the line of duty was threatened and harassed on Saturday for wearing her hijab.

According to the New York Daily News, Officer Aml Elsokary was off duty on Saturday morning when she dropped off her 16-year-old son on a corner and went to park their car.

When she returned to the spot on foot, she saw her son getting harassed and then shoved by a white man who appeared to be in his 30s.

As she approached, the assailant said, “ISIS b*itch, I will cut your throat. Go back to your country!”

The Daily News said that Elsokary was in plain clothes and unarmed. She did not identify herself to the man as a police officer.

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Police are searching for the man and the NYPD Hate Crimes unit is investigating the incident as a bias crime.

In 2014, Elsokary was awarded a medal for her bravery when she charged into a burning building to save an elderly man and a small child.

In April of that year, the veteran officer and her partner rushed into a smoke-filled building when they heard a baby crying on the second floor. Using her jacket to turn an apartment’s red-hot doorknob, Elsokary — herself a mother of five — rescued a baby girl and her frightened grandmother and took them to safety.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a dinner honoring Elsokary that she was “a hero long before that remarkable day.” She joined the police force after the 9/11 attacks in order to fight anti-Muslim stigma and to foster relations between authorities and the Islamic community.


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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

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