Police are searching for whoever was behind the brutal beating of a man in broad daylight on Saturday in Brooklyn. Cops are investigating whether the man, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was the victim of a hate crime.
Family members of Kamal Uddin, 57, say that he was wearing a prayer hat when some people, possibly teenagers, jumped him from behind inside the grounds of a public housing project in East New York. [fox]
But detectives are not approaching this as a hate crime.
Detectives claim that an eyewitness did not hear any racist language during the assault, so at this point they’re not treating it as a bias crime.[abc]
Did you get that? The guys that beat Uddin up, according to the victim’s nephew, said “The mother bleeping Muslim, go back to you country.” AND the perpetrators did not take his money, wallet, cell phone or watch. Despite this, because the detectives did not have any outside witnesses that heard anything, they are not treating it as a bias crime. Mind you, the crime happened in the projects where the rules of the street prevail. The whole situation angers me. Once a particular crime is labeled as a “hate crime” a different set of laws are applied to the punishment. We’ve talked about hate-crimes here before, and of course, there’s a need for the labeling of “hate” to be associated with a crime. Almost every month here at Sepia Mutiny we hear about a hate crime targeting someone in the Desi community, and sometimes we’ll blog about. Sometimes it gets to be too much. The stories are repetitive, almost formulaic. But it’s inevitable and we need to highlight these issues so that we can be an informed community when it comes time to advocate for the community. Hate crimes are simply a part of being a South Asian living in America.
“We are born in Bangladesh but we are in America now. We are American. So we want to see that the law do equal justice,” [his daughter] Hashem said. [abc]
We’ll be following this case close. Check out the news report below.