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After Hate Crime, Muslim Cop Wants to Talk to Trump

She and other Muslim-American officers want reassurance from Trump
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2016 3:40 PM CST

(Newser) – The Muslim police officer who was the victim of an alleged hate crime this month is seeking a meeting with Donald Trump, Yahoo reports. Last Saturday, NYPD officer Aml Elsokary was off-duty when she says she saw a man pushing her teenage son. She says the man called her a terrorist, threatened to cut her throat, then told her to go back to her country. The man was arrested and charged with a hate crime. This week, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams sent a letter to Trump on behalf of Elsokary and other members of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society.

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In his letter, Adams cites a 115% rise in hate crimes in New York City since Election Day and asks Trump to offer reassurance to the country's Muslim-American population while giving "guidance" to others. "The welfare of these officers speaks to the greater welfare of the millions of law-abiding Muslim-Americans, many of whom are fearful at this critical juncture in our history,” Yahoo quotes Adams as saying in his letter. Adams and Elsokary, who was commended for her bravery in 2014 after rescuing a baby from a burning building, plan to deliver the letter to Trump Tower in person if they don't hear back from the president-elect first. Read the full story here. (Read more Islamophobia stories.)

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