All Muslims are not somehow accountable for the actions of two individuals.
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
Muslims in the United States fear an escalation of hate crimes now that the media, including The Wall Street Journal (4.21.13), reported the link between religion and the Boston Marathon bombings. "After the September 11 attack on the World Trade Towers, hate crimes spiked," said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman. "We hope not to see a similar occurrence."
“The stereotype of Muslims as terrorists has become accepted within many realms of American culture,” said Perecman. “However, all Muslims are not somehow accountable for the actions of two individuals. Guilt should not be assumed because Muslims share the same faith.”
The Boston Marathon bombings occurred on April 15. Three people were killed and more than 175 were injured. Brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were identified as the bombers. While the motive of the brothers is still unreported, the WSJ reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a follower of radical Islam before the attack.
“People need to know that hate crimes are illegal. They are also unacceptable and hurt everybody in the community,” said Perecman.
Hate crimes are federal crimes. Hate crimes also violate both New York State and New York City laws.
In 2011, 12.5 percent of the victims of an anti-religious hate crime were victims of an anti-Islamic bias, according to the most recently released FBI hate crime statistics.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including hate crimes can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including religious discrimination in the workplace and hate crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."