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Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case


Added 06-11-19 05:26:03pm EST - “"I told myself I wasn't going to be one of those cases that got abandoned," said Fatoumata Camara, who dug up video proving she was beaten and robbed.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Muslim woman who was robbed and brutally beaten by a group of young people last month says the New York Police Department and the Bronx District Attorney’s office failed to properly investigate until she dug up video evidence proving the hate crime.

Fatoumata Camara, 22, said the authorities’ lack of investigation into the May 10 beating that sent her to the hospital with a broken nose and a head injury forced her to do the investigative work herself, uncovering surveillance video from a business near the crime scene. Camara, who lives in the Bronx and wears a hijab, said the NYPD reopened her case and is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime after she presented the footage this week.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to be one of those cases that got abandoned,” Camara told HuffPost. “I was going to get justice for what happened to me that night.”

Camara, who graduated from college with a degree in engineering on May 29, said an NYPD official told her earlier that the case had been closed due to lack of evidence.

Authorities disputed the claim that they abandoned the case. The DA’s office said the case was not closed, but was referred to the NYPD. The NYPD said the investigation “is active and ongoing” by the 42nd Precinct detective squad. Police did not elaborate.

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