Man Accused of Harassing Muslim Cop Arrested
A man has been arrested and charged with a felony hate crime after he allegedly told an off-duty NYPD officer wearing a hijab to “go back to your country.”
The incident happened on Saturday evening in Bay Ridge, when Officer Aml Elsokary was with her teenage son, according to an NYPD spokesman. As Elsokary tried to intervene in a dispute between her son and 36-year-old Christopher Nelson, Nelson began calling her a “terrorist,” and “ISIS,” the spokesman said. Nelson fled after bystanders threatened to call the police.
On Sunday, Nelson was arrested and charged with felony menacing and aggravated harassment.
O’Neill warned others who might intimidate their fellow New Yorkers that they would be swiftly prosecuted.
“If anybody’s thinking about in New York City engaging in this type of behavior, rest assured that you will be identified and you will be arrested and you will be charged accordingly,” he said. “There’s no place for that in New York City.”