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    NYPD arrests Muslim girl who claimed attack by Trump supporters
    By William Hicks
    ˇPublished December 14, 2016
    ˇ Heat Street

    New York City college student Yasmin Seweid who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime by Trump supporters is under arrest and charged with filing a false report, a police source told The New York Daily News.

    The 18-year-old Seweid caused quite the media stir with her sensationalized account of Trump supporters attacking her on the subway. She claimed three men attempted to pull off her hijab while calling her a terrorist and yelling Trump’s name. All this happened, she said, while New Yorkers sat idly by and watched her get assaulted.

    The police source told The News that police gave Seweid numerous opportunities to recant her story but she kept sticking to it. Finally, on Wednesday, she admitted she made the whole thing up, citing “family problems.”

    Police say there was many inconsistencies in her story initially, but at first they assumed that was typical of being traumatized. They also claim the investigation into the false hate crime required “a lot” of resources.

    Many people became suspicious of Seweid’s story when no witnesses of the attack came forward and only one of the men she described could be found on MTA security tape. Things got even stranger when Seweid disappeared last weekend only to return two days later saying she was at a relatives house.

    The many media outlet’s initial reporting of the fake hate crime did not include qualifiers like “alleged” and “claimed.” Instead they reported the hoax crime as a fact like with Buzzfeed’s story, “Drunk Men Yelling “Donald Trump” Attempt To Remove Woman’s Hijab On NYC Subway.”
    Last edited by TopHatter; 15 Dec 16,, 23:21.
    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

  • #2
    Teen made up story about anti-Muslim attack on subway

    By Tina Moore and Shawn Cohen

    December 14, 2016 | 5:51pm | Updated

    Modal Trigger Teen made up story about anti-Muslim attack on subway
    Photo: Steven Hirsch

    The Muslim teen who claimed three drunks taunted her as a “terrorist” on a Manhattan subway train now admits she lied to cops — and was arrested on Wednesday.

    Yasmin Seweid, 18, is charged with obstructing governmental administration and filing a false report, according to a high-ranking police source.

    Both charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.

    Seweid, who lives in Nassau County, had claimed the hateful drunks shouted, “Trump! Trump!” and called her a “terrorist” as they tried to steal her headscarf. “Go back to your country!” she said they shouted during the supposed Dec. 1 attack.

    But when cops tried to confirm her story by checking surveillance video, they determined that her story didn’t add up.

    Hate-crimes investigators called the Baruch College business major in on Wednesday to work on another sketch of her “attackers,” and confronted her with the inconsistencies, another source said.

    That’s when she cracked, admitting she had been out late drinking with friends and made up the attack story to distract her angry father, sources said.

    Seweid had been having problems with her strict-Muslim Egyptian family in North New Hyde Park because she is becoming “westernized,” one source said. Those problems were aggravated when they learned she was dating a Catholic, the source said.

    Seweid was released without bail early Thursday morning after her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
    Modal TriggerYasmin Seweid leaving court.Photo: Steven Hirsch
    She left with her father and escorted by court officers.

    A young man threw a dark jacket over her head — with her once-long hair shorn by a buzz cut — and then helped her into a black SUV before they drove off.

    Neither Seweid nor her Legal Aid attorney, Benjamin J. West, would comment, and she did not speak inside the courtroom either.

    Seweid’s claims of a bias attack had sparked a weeklong NYPD manhunt for the supposed attackers.

    She had also publicly complained that no one on the crowded train came to her aid, prompting public debate on the rise in hate crimes as well as commuters’ lack of concern.

    Seweid was the subject of a manhunt last week, when she ran away to her sister’s home in Fishkill, leaving the rest of her family and cops desperate to find her.

    She was tracked down by Nassau cops, who found her because either she or the sister were posting on Facebook, sources said.

    Her brother, Abdoul, and four others were charged with grand larceny in 2012,for allegedly breaking into parked cars and stealing electronics in Nassau.

    Additional reporting by Laura Italiano and Dean Balsamini
    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


    • #3
      On the other hand:

      WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. reported Monday that attacks against American Muslims surged last year, driving an overall increase in hate crime against all groups.

      The data, which is the most comprehensive look at hate crime nationwide, expanded on previous findings by researchers and outside monitors, who have noted an alarming rise in some types of crimes tied to the vitriol of this year’s presidential campaign and the aftermath of terrorist attacks at home and abroad since 2015.

      That trend appears to have spiked in just the last week, with civil rights groups and news organizations reporting dozens of verbal or physical assaults on minorities and others that appear to have been fueled by divisions over the election.

      In its report on Monday, the F.B.I. cataloged a total of 5,818 hate crimes in 2015 — a rise of about 6 percent over the previous year — including assaults, bombings, threats, and property destruction against minorities, women, gays and others.

      Attacks against Muslim Americans saw the biggest surge. There were 257 reports of assaults, attacks on mosques and other hate crimes against Muslims last year, a jump of about 67 percent over 2014. It was the highest total since 2001, when more than 480 attacks occurred in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

      Attacks against transgender people also sharply increased.

      Blacks were the most frequent victims of hate crimes based on race, while Jews were the most frequent victims based on religion, according to the F.B.I. data. But the increases in attacks on these groups were smaller than the rise in attacks against Muslims and transgender people.
      Last edited by Triple C; 16 Dec 16,, 09:47.
      All those who are merciful with the cruel will come to be cruel to the merciful.
      -Talmud Kohelet Rabbah, 7:16.


      • #4
        Seems we got a legit one...
        The reaction to a viral Facebook video of a hate crime tells us something about postelection America

        Hate crime charges filed in Facebook Live attack

        Chicago police speak to press about the attack of a man with special needs that was captured in a Facebook Live video and the resulting charges filed against four people involved in the attack. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

        Jaweed Kaleem By Jaweed Kaleem •Contact Reporter

        January 5, 2017, 5:40 PM

        It was a gruesome incident by any measure.

        A group of Chicago teens bound and attacked a mentally disabled teen and broadcast the violence on Facebook for the public to see.

        But then six words the black attackers said as they assaulted their white victim changed the nature of things, sending what would normally be a local crime investigation in one of the country’s most violence-plagued cities into the national fray over a combustible mix of race, social media and the presidential election.

        “F— Donald Trump” and “F— white people.”

        Police charged four teens on Thursday with kidnapping, battery and unlawful restraint after investigating the Facebook Live video that showed them attacking and taunting the mentally disabled 18-year-old, punching him while yelling obscenities against the boy’s race and Trump.

        The 30-minute video, put up on Tuesday and later removed, has spread widely online. It shows the victim sitting in a corner with his wrists bound and mouth taped shut as his attackers laugh at him. At one point they attempt to cut off a patch of his hair as his scalp bleeds.

        The victim was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries and was reported to be home with his family.

        Police say they think the victim, whose parents had earlier reported him as missing, was attacked because of his disability, not because of his race.

        Yet the references to white people and the president-elect have set off a storm of animosity and finger-pointing.

        White nationalists have spread the clip online via Twitter, using the hashtag #BLMkidnapping to blame the Black Lives Matter movement for the crime, although there is no evidence of a connection. Conservative commentators have taken up the hashtag and complained that crimes against white Americans receive less attention from police and the news media than crimes against members of other races.

        Civil rights groups that have tracked hate incidents since the election that have invoked the president-elect’s name have publicly weighed in, while Trump supporters have pointed to the attack as evidence of what they say are growing threats of violence against them.

        “This comes at a heated time, when different political sides are trying to gain currency, which misses the point. Whether it’s [the Ku Klux] Klan and violence from them or violence like in this case, the actual facts of the situation can get lost,” said Brian Levin, a professor at Cal State San Bernardino who tracks hate crimes. “Anytime something is captured on video, especially if it involves social media, it can become volatile and people become concerned just with what circulates in their social media world.”

        In an interview with a Chicago television station, President Obama called the attack “despicable,” but said he didn’t believe there had been an increase in racial animosity in the country — just a greater awareness of it because of cellphones and the Internet.

        “What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time,” Obama told WBBM-TV Channel 2.

        Civil rights groups, accustomed to monitoring crimes against racial and religious minorities as well as against immigrants and LGBT individuals, said the attack and attention to it took them by surprise.

        “The crime is shocking. I’m glad the authorities have moved so quickly,” said Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen. Among the nearly 1,000 hate-related incidents the Montgomery, Ala.-based organization has tracked since the presidential election — many of which invoked Trump’s name and targeted Muslims, blacks, Hispanics or immigrants — Cohen said the organization also found 26 reports of incidents targeted against Trump supporters.

        “I would say the level of hate in our country — and certainly after the election — has gone up over the last decade. We’re becoming more polarized.
        — Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center


        It’s unclear whether the Chicago victim, whose name has not been released, had shown support for Trump.

        It’s also unclear what broader views the attackers have against white people or how they might have expressed them before the attack.

        Police reported that at least one of the suspects, 18-year-old Jordan Hill, attended school with the victim.

        Officials said the two met on Saturday at a McDonald’s outside the city for a sleepover at Hill’s. Instead, officials said, they traveled to visit friends on the city’s West Side in a van Hill had stolen and passed off as his own. On Tuesday, they ended up at the apartment where two of the other suspects lived and where the attack occurred after what police described as a “play fight” that got out of hand. The victim later escaped, and police found him wandering the streets.

        “I took the anti-Trump rhetoric as a synonym for anti-white rhetoric,” said Cohen, who said he “would not rule out race” — as opposed to only disability — as a factor in the attack. Cohen added that attacks against people over their disabilities are typically low — just 1.2% of hate crimes in 2015, according to the latest FBI statistics.

        Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who runs a group called the National Policy Institute and has received widespread media coverage for his vocal support of Trump, attempted to use the Chicago incident to show his view that whites are being attacked by Black Lives Matter activists.

        “This isn't even the first instance of terrorism against whites by anti-Trump #blacklivesmatter supporters in Chicago,” he tweeted Wednesday.

        “Remember the #blmkidnapping every time some journalist lies about my white advocacy organization and calls it a hate group,” he tweeted the same day.

        Anti-white hate crimes are among the least common of attacks tracked by the FBI. Slightly more than 59.2% of hate crimes in the country in 2015 had a racial motivation. Of those 4,216 racially motivated hate crimes, more than half were against blacks, while 18.7% of victims were targeted due to anti-white bias.

        “The FBI only tracks reported crimes that have been investigated, so it’s hard to say with any broad certainty whether hate crimes against whites have gone up or down. But I would say the level of hate in our country — and certainly after the election— has gone up over the last decade. We’re becoming more polarized and social media allows us to amplify it,” Cohen said.

        Black activists such as those in the Chicago Black Lives Matter chapter have also used social media to fight back against accusations that crimes this week were related to their efforts.

        “We've stated time and time again, that we're against all types of harm and violence perpetrated and we've never condoned it. So this is absolutely perplexing and twisted that people are associating this atrocity with this organization and movement,” the group said Wednesday in a Facebook post.

        “If you really cared about the victim then you'd be advocating for their care and treatment for trauma. That's what we want. We want centers for healing and mental health care,” the statement said. “However, some people are more concerned with attacking us and they don't see how demented that is.”
        To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


        • #5
          Crimes against whites by other ethnic groups in the USA has been a forbidden topic (not funded) for sociological and criminalistic study for generations now. The university systems will not allow it.