A group of Muslim police officers in New York City are requesting a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the recent increase of hate-crimes against the community. Among the group is police officer Aml Elsokary whose teenage son was attacked by a man earlier this month. When she defended her son, the man threatened to cut her throat, told her to go back to her country and shouted she was a member of ISIS. Ms. Elsokary was off-duty at the time.
According to Yahoo News, the push for a meeting with Trump came after Ms. Elsokary and other members of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society appeared with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to discuss the incident. In 2014, Ms. Elsokary was cited for bravery by the department after she and her partner rushed into a burning building to save a baby. At the conference, she delivered emotional remarks in which she said that New Yorkers “are going to be there to help me and be supportive.”
In his letter to Trump, Mr. Adams, a former police officer, cited that per a NYPD report, there has been a 115% spike in hate crimes in New York City since Election Day. Mr. Adams said this as part of a national trend driven by “deep tensions that have persisted around our great country in the weeks following a long and arduous national election” and “the rhetoric of this campaign season.”