Call on Queens District Attorney To Prosecute Hate Crime
August 7, 2016
Gazi Rahman, a Bangladeshi immigrant and resident of Jamaica, Queens, was viciously assaulted by a random stranger later identified as Christopher Porr. The assault occurred on Hillside Avenue near Parsons Blvd., in Jamaica. Mr. Rahman was subject to racial epithets about his perceived ethnicity during the assault. Mr. Rahman was wrongfully arrested at the scene by the NYPD for assaulting Mr. Porr. Mr. Rahman suffered a broken nose and lacerations to his face during the assault.
In an investigation lead by Mr. Rahman’s attorney, Ali Najmi, surveillance footage was discovered which completely exonerates Mr. Rahman and shows Mr. Porr acting as an unprovoked aggressor.
Witness statements from those present at the scene were also obtained. Witnesses have stated Mr. Porr screamed out “f**k Indians” while committing the assault. Witnesses also provided pictures of Mr. Rahman drenched in his own blood and substantial blood on the ground.
“I am confident all charges against Mr. Rahman will be dismissed. But we need to make sure everyone in our community feels safe. This assault needs to be treated as a hate crime and we need to make sure people who commit hate crimes are held accountable” said Ali Najmi, attorney for Mr. Rahman.
“This was a horrific and painful event for me. I cannot believe I was arrested even though I am the victim. I did nothing to him and he just attacked me and shouted racist things at me during the attack” said Gazi Rahman, the victim.
“I want justice. I want him to be punished for this hateful act. Nobody should go through what I have been through” added Mr. Rahman.
A review of Mr. Porr’s social media shows anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim posts, as well as support for Donald Trump for President.
Video footage of the incident is available online by visiting here.