(NEW YORK, NY, 7/4/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to investigate a possible bias motive for an alleged attack on a Muslim youth outside a Brooklyn mosque.
Ahmad Emrech, 16, was reportedly attacked by a man early Sunday morning as he was taking a break from late night prayers outside the Muslim Community Center on 3rd Avenue and 53rd Street in Brooklyn. Another youth, also 16, was also reportedly chased and attacked when he rode his bike past the assailant as Emrech was being beaten. The assailant was reportedly heard shouting slurs at his victims, including, "You f**king terrorist," and, "You Muslims are the cause of all the problems of the world."
Emrech was punched, thrown to the ground, kicked in the face and stomped on. He sustained a concussion, cuts, bruises, and severe swelling to his eye, head and face. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital for treatment. The second victim also suffered from a swollen black eye.
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“The slurs heard during the assault indicate that the attack may have been fueled by hatred of the victims’ faith, thereby warranting an investigation by law enforcement into a possible bias motive," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.
Nasher also noted that the Muslim Community Center had repeatedly asked the local precinct to increase patrols in the area during the hours of late night prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and has experienced other recent incidents such as vandalism.
She added: "This center reached out to those who were supposed to protect them. The Muslim community now calls on the same authorities to thoroughly investigate this attack and bring the alleged assailant to justice."
Nasher noted that incidents targeting American Muslims and their religious institutions have spiked in recent months, with two other assaults in NYC in June.
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