Last weekend, a man was arrested in Times Square after he allegedly attacked a woman during a demonstration against the military coup in Egypt. As you can see in the video below, suspect Atef Sabry Abu El Enin, 33, of Washington D.C., hit Rachel Gunnoe, a stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, with her protest sign; he also called her a "fucking terrorist." But according to the Village Voice, so far El Enin has only been given a ticket for disorderly conduct.
"I feel like the officers who arrested him and the precinct that he was in, the supervisor, I think that they dropped the ball," Gunnoe, who wears a hijab, told the Voice. The NYPD says the confrontation is being investigated as "a possible bias incident." Gunnoe is happy about this, but notes that the detective in charge is "doing what should have been done last Saturday."
“Any American should be able to engage in peaceful protest without fear of assault or intimidation based on that person’s religion, ethnicity or national origin,” said Operations Coordinator Sadyia Khalique of CAIR-NY, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. “We urge that appropriate charges be brought against the alleged assailant.”
Below, you can see another angle of the incident: