A Brooklyn man taken into custody in East New York late on Sunday has been charged in the killing of imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin outside the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Ozone Park, Queens, on Saturday. Oscar Morel is charged two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said Monday night.
There are an estimated 250,000 hate crimes a year, but you wouldn’t know it to look at city statistics. According to an Associated Press investigation, about 17 percent of all city and county law enforcement agencies across the country have not submitted a single hate crime report to the FBI’s annual crime tally in the past six years. The majority of the more than 2,700 city police and county sheriff’s departments identified by the AP were located in small towns, but the list also included the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, which represents Portland, Oregon, and departments in Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In a video that widely circulated last week, Sarah Eldridge was caught on camera hurling racist and transphobic slurs and then attacking Pearl Love, a Taiwanese transgender woman. In an interview with New York’s PIX11—framed, absurdly, as Eldridge’s opportunity to share “her side”—Eldridge stands by her hateful words.
A trans woman named Pearl Love says she was assaulted and threatened last Thursday on the 4 train by a woman who also shouted slurs in reference to Love’s gender identity and race. Love captured part of the incident and uploaded it to her Facebook and YouTube accounts “so now you can understand what’s happening in my everyday life,” as Love writes in her Facebook post on the matter. “That happens all the time. But it’s my first time recording it,” she adds.
Bayna El-Amin, the man accused of hitting a gay Dallas BBQ patron over the head with a chair last month, has turned himself into police, reports the Daily News. He is being questioned by the Hate Crimes unit. Since the attack, evidence has emerged that El-Amin has had a romantic relationship with at least one man.