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Islamic groups dispute cops claims that assault on two muslim teens in Brooklyn wasn’t a hate crime

July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Islamic groups dispute cops claims that assault on two muslim teens in Brooklyn wasn’t a hate crime

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Two Muslim teenagers were beaten outside of a mosque in Brooklyn. Although police said on Monday that the incident wasn’t a hate crime, an advocacy group is not convinced.

The New York division of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) requested for authorities to conduct a probe on potential bias crime after the assault at Madine Muslim Community Center on Sunday.

According to the New York Daily News, both victims, who are 16-years-old, were reportedly hitting on a woman inside of her car for over 30 minutes when her boyfriend came and assaulted them. NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan said that the boys tried to open the woman’s car door and poked their heads through her window.

NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan, said that the boys tried to open the woman’s car door and poked their heads through her window.

Ryan announced in a statement: “The hate crimes unit investigated it and determined that this incident is not a hate crime.” He added that authorities are still investigating the incident, and the suspect has not yet been apprehended.

On Monday, CAIR posted on their Facebook profile and said that one of the victims was taking a break from his prayer when he and the second teenager were attacked by a man. CAIR claimed that before the assault, the man yelled, “You f—ing terrorist” and “You Muslims are the cause of all the problems in the world.”

Then, the suspect punched one of the boys in the face, threw him to the ground, and stomped on him. He suffered from severe swelling, cuts, bruises, and a concussion. The second victim reportedly suffered from a black eye.

The executive director of CAIR’s New York Chapter, Afaf Nasher, said: “Our position is, let’s keep all possibilities open, at least until the assailant is arrested and questioned.”

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