Man accused of threatening Muslim officer faces hate charge

Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who authorities said shouted “go back to your country” at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer.

Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son.

When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat.

It was the first time anything like that had happened to her, she said at a news conference with the city’s mayor Monday.

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