CAIR-NY, Community Advocate Call on NYPD to Probe Stabbing of Afro-Caribbean Haitian as Hate Crime
White suspect allegedly said: ‘All of these ni**ers need to get the hell out of the community’
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/19/19) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of an East Flatbush stabbing.
According to reports, Michael Fasulo, a white male, walked into a Boost Mobile in East Flatbush and stabbed an Afro-Caribbean Haitian male employee. Prior to the stabbing, Fasulo allegedly called the black victim the N-word. The suspect is charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. NYPD is not investigating the incident as a hate crime. According to witnesses, while Fasulo was escorted by NYPD, he yelled “All of these ni**ers need to get the hell out of the community.”
CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed said:
“When a suspect reportedly shouts racial slurs during and after an attack, there is no excuse for the NYPD not to investigate the incident as a hate crime. This suspect used a variation of Trump’s trademark hate speech phrase ‘get the hell out of the community.’ NYPD has to send a message to bigots that their hateful actions have consequences.”
Community Advocate Anthony Beckford said:
“Michael Fasulo knowingly went into the Boost Mobile with a knife with the intent to harm someone. The racist derogatory words that he used before and even after the vicious attack prove that this was a malicious hate-filled attack which deems it as a hate crime. We are demanding that he be charged with a hate crime and that any and all hate crimes against our community, be categorized as such and no longer dismissed or miscategorized. There are disparities in the way that we are policed and evidently in the way that the police department chooses to protect our community. It is now known that this racist attacker is a Trump supporter as many of the perpetrators of past hate crimes against the black, Muslim and Jewish communities have been. We must unite together against this one common enemy which is out to divide us and destroy us. I call on every single black, Brown, White, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Hindu and Asian Community member in Brooklyn and throughout the city and the country to come together in a unified stance against hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and white supremacy.”
CAIR-NY is asking community members to call the Hate Crimes Task Force at 1-888-440-HATE and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office at 718-250-4949 to demand that Michael Fasulo be investigated for a hate crime.
Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed email@example.com; 646-481-2103; Community Advocate Anthony Beckford 347-729-9775