A New York City postal worker has been accused of committing a hate crime after he reportedly harassed two Muslim women in a grocery store in Brooklyn, one of whom was pushing a baby stroller.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the man, now identified as 34-year-old Dainton Coley, repeatedly pointing his finger in their faces while shouting racial slurs at them.
“I am going to burn your 'f**king' temple,” he yelled, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Coley is under arrest as the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the case. It’s not clear if he will face hate crime charges.
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Although NYPD data says hate crimes against Muslims in New York are down 43 per cent in the year ending November 15, anti-Islamic backlash has surged in other parts of the country in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.
Muslim leaders have also reported numerous incidents of vandalism, threats and other hate crimes targeting mosques in Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and other states. Just last week, a man in North Carolina attacked and threatened a Christian Uber driver after mistaking him for a Muslim.
Earlier in the month, someone threw feces and tore pages of the Quran at the entrance of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville in Texas while a man in Fort Bend County was arrested over accusation of making a terroristic threat on social media that he was going to "shoot up a mosque." In Florida, a man was arrested for threatening to bomb two Florida mosques, because the events in Paris made him “very mad.” And in Oklahoma, cops shot a man who told 911 he would shoot “anything that looks like a Muslim.”