Day of visibility held to educate NYers of their rights in wake of attack
A Muslim woman in Claremont is getting help from human rights advocates a month after she was attacked at a bus stop.
Fatoumata Camara says a group of teens riding on a bus with her started calling her hateful names and mocked her because of her ethnicity and head scarf. The incident ended with a physical confrontation where Camara was attacked.
Camara suffered a broken nose in the attack, which was caught on camera.
When she turned to officers in the 42nd Precinct, she says they didn't take her claims seriously, and allegedly ignored her request to obtain surveillance video.
Organizations like NYC Human Rights wanted to make the public aware of what happened and inform New Yorkers of their rights in the wake of the attack.
"The police told her that there was so surveillance footage, and yet there is a camera right behind us," says attorney Ahmed Moheamed, at the site of the alleged attack. "She and helpful friends, on their own, came in here and begged for the surveillance footage from the store owner."
The NYPD says the investigation is still active, and because of new information presented by Camara, the Hate Crime Task Force will make a determination on whether the alleged incident is a hate crime or not.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights urged people to report discriminatory harassment to keep everyone safe.