Council On American-Islamic Relations Wants Attacker Charged With Hate Crime
Even if it hadn’t been less than a week before Ramadan, we are pretty sure whoever beat Mohamed Rasheed Khan had plenty of hatred in his or her heard.
According to NY Daily News reports:
Mohamed Rasheed Khan, 59, suffered broken facial bones and cracked ribs when he was punched off of his bike after leaving the Center for Islamic Studies on Jamaica Ave. in Hollis at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations.
Police said investigators did not find any indication that the attack was motivated by bias.
But the circumstances of the attack may have played a role, said Afaf Nasher, executive director of the council’s New York chapter.
“Because of the location of the attack outside a mosque, the Islamic attire of the victim, and because nothing was stolen by the alleged attackers, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident,” Nasher said in a statement.
A description of the attacker, who did not exchange any words with the Khan, was not immediately available, police said.
It sounds like they don’t have anyone in custody yet. Do you think the police are wrong to conclude that the attack wasn’t racially motivated?
This is really jacked up. We wish Khan a full and speedy recovery and hope his attacker is caught and brought to justice soon!
Council On American-Islamic Relations