A Muslim woman, while shopping in TJ Maxx, was told to “Go back to your own country”. The accused further tried to hit her husband in order to slap the phone out of his hand when he tried to capture the attack on camera. Some politicians want the police to investigate the crime under hate crime rather than just harassment. The victim later posted the video, of the woman cursing him and his wife out, on Facebook.
“Stop taking pictures!” the woman says, her middle finger outstretched, before trying to pull his phone down. Moments later, she walks past him, her middle finger blocking her face, and tells him, “Get out of my face or I’ll f— you up!”
Mourad said the confrontation took place at about 1 p.m. Saturday at the store’s location on 86th Street and Fifth Ave., according to an account he gave the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“We were at the TJ Maxx trying to buy winter clothes for our twins,” Mourad said. “After we grabbed our items, we stood near the register to decide if we were ready to check out. At this point, the white lady in the video, started cursing at my wife and I. My wife wears a hijab.”
She became more aggressive, Mourad said. “As we started to walk away, she yelled at us to “Go back to your country!”
The store’s employees did nothing, and when he later called police, they treated the incident as harassment, not a hate crimes case, he said.
On his Facebook page, Mourad labeled the woman a “Crazy trump supporter.”
“True racism in New York these days has become unbearable and we are all targeted,” he wrote in Arabic.
Councilman Justin Brennan, Rep. Max Rose, state Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus on Monday wrote a letter calling on the police department to treat the incident as a hate crime investigation.
“At minimum, this warrants an investigation by the [Hate Crimes] Task Force, if not the charge of a hate crime, due to assault or menacing based on religion or perceived national origin,” they wrote to Deputy Insp. Mark Molinari, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force commanding officer.
“Bay Ridge is a diverse community where residents of all different faiths, races, and backgrounds live together peacefully,” the letter continues. “When an incident like this goes unpunished, it threatens the very fabric of this community and makes our constituents feel less safe in their own neighbourhood.”
The NYPD said Monday that the Hate Crimes Task Force “has been notified and is looking into the incident.”