Muslim woman murdered in New York, hate crime?

This video from the USA says about itself:

CAIR-New York Urges Probe of Bias Motive for Stabbing Death of Muslim Woman in Queens

2 September 2016

From Daily Kos blog in the USA:

Nazma Khanam: Was Muslim Woman Stabbed to Death in NYC a Hate Crime Victim?

By Brett Wilkins

Saturday Sep 03, 2016 · 7:39 PM

Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at the Jamaica Muslim Center, a mosque in Queens, New York, to pay their respects to Nazma Khanam, the 60-year-old Bangladeshi woman stabbed to death in front of her 75-year-old husband just steps from their home in Jamaica Hills on Wednesday night. As family, friends and others — the victim’s nephew is a NYPD transit officer and dozens of police attended the funeral — said their goodbyes to the former schoolteacher, many members of the Muslim community said they were convinced the stabbing was a hate crime.

“They didn’t take her phone, pocketbook, bag, nothing,” nephew Mohammad Rahman told the New York Daily News outside the family’s home on Friday. “We feel this is a hate crime . . . We want justice.”

Khanam’s death comes just weeks after beloved Queens imam Maulama Aknojee and his assistant Thara Uddin, both also originally from Bangladesh, were executed in broad daylight as they walked home from prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque at 77th Street and Glemore Avenue. Oscar Morel, 35, of Brooklyn has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder — but not a hate crime — in connection with the killings.

NYPD officials said they had no leads in Khanam’s slaying as of Friday. Police are investigating whether the attack was an attempted robbery, although the victim’s relatives said nothing was stolen from her. NYPD investigators also initially believed the murders of Akonjee and Uddin were also attempted robberies. Neither man was robbed during or after the attack, although NYPD Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner said “there is nothing in the preliminary investigation that would indicate that they were targeted because of their faith” in the wake of the murders.

Investigators have been equally hesitant to speculate on whether Khanam’s murder was a hate crime. “Our best guess is it was a psycho,” a high-ranking police official told the New York Daily News on Friday. “He ran at her. There was no conversation. This is a hard one to explain.”

At Friday’s funeral, emotions ran high as speeches were interrupted by attendees chanting “we want justice!”

“This was not a robbery and though we do not know all the facts, the reality is this is happening too often,” public advocate Letitia James said to cheers.

In the same week as Akonjee and Uddin were murdered in Queens, 61-year-old Stanley Majors of Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed Khalid Jabara, 37, who was originally from Lebanon. Majors had allegedly harassed the Jabara family for years, calling them “filthy Lebanese”, “dirty Arabs” and “Moo-slems.” The Jabaras are actually Christians.

“That’s four murders in less than a few weeks, let alone the numerous hate crimes and assaults that have taken place throughout this country and much of Europe,” Khalid Latin, the executive director and chaplain for the Islamic Center at the New York University and the chaplain at the NYPD, told the Guardian. “Anti-Muslim sentiment is at an all-time high, and we will continue to hear news like this until those who have the ability to speak up and out will start to do so both with words and actions.”

According to research by Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, which tracks and analyzes Islamophobia in the United States, there were more hate crimes targeting Muslims in 2015 than in any other year since the Islamist terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Some observers have noted that the increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes has coincided with the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for a total ban on Muslim immigration and travel to the United States. Numerous individuals wanted or arrested for committing anti-Muslim and other anti-immigrant hate crimes have cited their support for Trump or even said his name during assaults.

“Our data suggests that acts and threats of anti-Muslim violence increased in 2015, and that it has escalated further during the presidential election season,” Engy Abdelkader, a member of the US State Department Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and the author of a recent Bridge Initiative report titled “When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 US Presidential Elections,” told the Intercept.

Back in New York, NYPD officials released surveillance video of a person of interest in the Khanam slaying and are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Hundreds at New York mosque mourn woman murdered in ‘hate crime’. Nazma Khanam’s death comes just weeks after two men were shot in the back of the head after midday prayers, rocking the Queens Bangladeshi community: here.

THE RISE OF HATE CRIME IN THE U.S. “The number of hate crimes rose across the United States in 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that the country has experienced consecutive annual increases in crimes targeting people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin,” according to data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. [HuffPost]


Muslims murdered in New York City

This video says about itself:

Muslims Denounce Islamophobia After New York Imam Shot

5 August 2016

Muslims in Queens are standing up to bigotry! After the recent shooting of a well-respected Imam and his assistant, community members join together to protest the killing. They’ve even called the act a hate crime, while the NYPD refuses to acknowledge it as one.

Jewish group expresses solidarity with Muslims after imam is murdered in Queens: here.

The New York City police announced late Monday that they had arrested and charged a Brooklyn man with second-degree murder (upgraded the next day to first-degree murder charges) in connection with the execution-style killings of an imam and his assistant in broad daylight near their mosque in Queens. The community of Bangladeshi immigrants in the Ozone Park area was plunged into mourning, and Muslims throughout the city of 8.5 million expressed alarm over the hostility being stoked by the endless war on terror, and the growing attacks on refugees and immigrants: here.

New York police political spying

This video from the USA says about itself:

NYPD Surveillance Unveiled: City Claims to Lose Docs on 1960s Radicals, Then Finds 1 Million Records

17 June 2016

There has been a major break in the decade-long fight to unveil records related to the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of political organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, the NYPD has come under fire for spying on Muslim communities and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

But decades ago, the NYPD spied extensively on political organizations, including the Young Lords, a radical group founded by Puerto Ricans modeled on the Black Panther Party. The Young Lords staged their first action in July 1969 in an effort to force the City of New York to increase garbage pickups in East Harlem. They would go on to inspire activists around the country as they occupied churches and hospitals in an attempt to open the spaces to community projects. Among their leaders was Democracy Now! co-host Juan González.

We speak with Baruch College professor Johanna Fernández, who has fought for a decade to obtain records related to the NYPD’s surveillance of the group. Last month, the city claimed it had lost the records. But this week its municipal archive said it had found more than 520 boxes, or about 1.1 million pages, apparently containing the complete remaining records. We’re also joined by Fernández’s attorney, Gideon Oliver.

THE CELL PHONE SURVEILLANCE TOOLS YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE ON HAND “The majority of these departments have at least one of two main types of digital-age spy tools: cellphone interception devices, used to covertly track or grab data from nearby mobile devices, and cellphone extraction devices, used to crack open locked phones that are in police possession and scoop out all sorts of private communications and content.” [City Lab]

INSIDE THE CITY WITH A HUGE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE ON THE FBI TERRORIST WATCH LIST “With a large population of Muslim and Arab Americans, Dearborn has the most per capita residents on a shadowy and unaccountable watchlist. It is nearly impossible to find out if you’re on it, let alone get your name off.” [HuffPost]

Mapuche rap music

This video from New York City in the USA says about itself:

7 June 2016

This week we recap an indigenous Hip Hop event in the South Bronx, featuring the words of Minuto Soler, a Mapuche rapper preserving his people’s language through Hip Hop culture.

New York police kill Eric Garner, then sabotage crime-fighting

This video from the USA says about itself:

“I Can’t Breathe” – Eric Garner Dies After NYPD Chokehold (Full Video Compilation)

3 December 2014

This compilation contains the most uncut videos available for this incident.

On July 17, 2014, at 202 Bay Street in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York, United States, Eric Garner died of a heart-attack after being placed in a choke-hold by an officer (a tactic banned by the Police Department). On this day, he was initially approached by police officer Justin Damico. A fellow officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put Garner on the ground by the use of force, including a headlock or chokehold shown in a widely viewed video recording of the event. Garner died some minutes later. …

On August 1, 2014, medical examiners concluded that police conduct in combination with Garner’s heart problems, obesity and asthma was the primary cause of death. As a result of Garner’s death, four EMTs and paramedics who responded to Garner’s death were suspended without pay on July 21, 2014, and officers Justin Damico and Daniel Pantaleo were placed on desk duty, the latter stripped of his service gun and badge.

The event stirred public protests and rallies with charges of police brutality and was broadcast nationally over various media networks.

On December 3, 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who was involved in Garner’s death.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

HuffPost Must Reads: What De Blasio and the NYPD Don’t Want You To Know

Last summer, we were brainstorming story ideas, as editors often do. The one-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death had just passed, and Nick wondered aloud, “Remember that police slowdown last winter? Wasn’t that after the Eric Garner trial, when the police weren’t indicted for his death? What exactly happened then?” We researched the coverage. No one had written about the slowdown in depth. So we decided to file Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) requests with the mayor’s office and the NYPD. They stalled … and stalled … and stalled. Today, nearly a year later, we haven’t received a single relevant document. But before we tell you exactly how the mayor’s office and the NYPD are refusing to cooperate, let’s revisit December 2014 with HuffPost’s social justice reporter Christopher Mathias, who is working on the story.

Must Reads: Let’s start from the beginning. What happened again?

Mathias: In early December 2014, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the NYPD officers involved in the chokehold death of a black 43-year-old father named Eric Garner. This set off massive protests in New York and across the country. The night of the decision, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that he understood the frustration over Garner’s death. He said he once told his black son to be careful around police. This comment — and the idea that police can be of danger to young black men — angered New York’s police unions.

Two weeks later, after daily Black Lives Matter protests in the city that saw thousands of protesters shutting down bridges, tunnels and major avenues, a man named Ibrahim Brinsley posted a photo of a gun to Instagram. … A short time later, Brinsley walked up to a police cruiser in Brooklyn. He shot and killed two police officers — Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Pat Lynch, president of the city’s largest police union, said de Blasio had “blood on [his] hands,” arguing that the mayor had implicitly invited violence against police officers by not condemning Black Lives Matter protesters, and by acknowledging that he’d talked to his son about being careful around cops. At the televised funerals for Liu and Ramos, many police officers turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke.

Then officers across the city staged a dramatic work slowdown. During the week ending Jan. 4, for example, officers issued 92 percent fewer criminal summonses — handed out for minor offenses like drinking in public — than during the same period the previous year. Overall, arrests dropped 56 percent, and the number of traffic tickets, a major source of revenue for the city, plunged.

Must Reads: How did the NYPD coordinate such a massive slow down on such a large scale?

Mathias: It’s not entirely clear, but the most likely theory is that unions had encouraged officers to engage in a slowdown as a means of putting pressure on de Blasio. But NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton insisted the slowdown was due in part to his officers’ exhaustion from policing nightly Black Lives Matter protests. Another theory was that officers were genuinely afraid that they could become the next Wenjian Liu or Rafael Ramos.

Must Reads: Walk us through what you requested from the mayor’s office and the NYPD.

Mathias: Last August, I filed FOIL requests to the NYPD asking for all emails among senior officers containing keywords like “slowdown” or “summons,” among several others. I sent the same request to the mayor’s office. The emails I requested under FOIL, I hoped, could shed light on how exactly the slowdown was coordinated, and by whom. The emails might also highlight how the mayor and the police commissioner handled one of the worst city government crises in recent memory.

Must Reads: How did the NYPD and the mayor’s office respond?

Mathias: It’s been nine months and nary an email have I received from my FOIL requests. The mayor’s office keeps pushing back, stating I’d receive a response in November, then January, then April, and now sometime in May. The NYPD flat-out denied my FOIL request, saying that the information I requested, if disclosed, “would reveal non-routine techniques and practices,” and would “interfere with law enforcement investigations or judicial proceedings.” We appealed their decision, and last week heard that our appeal was denied. We’re now considering next steps.

Must Reads: We understand the NYPD is within their rights to deny such requests, but you reached out to the New York State Committee on Open Government for comment about the mayor’s office egregious use of extensions. What did they say?

Mathias: “We don’t believe that the law permits repeated extensions,” said Kristin O’Neill, assistant director of the NYSCOG.

Waiting nine months for a request to be either granted or denied, she added, is unusual.

Want to know more? We do, too. We’ll keep you posted.