NYC mayor blames Trump for rise in hate crimes

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 08:30:13-05

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio says he believes president-elect Donald Trump is to blame for a 35-percent increase in hate crime incidents over the past year in New York City.

The Democratic mayor made the comments at a news conference called Monday in response to threats made against a Muslim New York Police Department officer while she was with her teenage son in Brooklyn over the weekend.

De Blasio spoke out against the attack on Officer Aml Elsokary and said Trump used hate speech during his campaign. The mayor urged Trump to be more proactive in discouraging hate crimes.

A total of 43 incidents have been deemed possible hate crimes by the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force since Trump was elected president a month ago. That figure is more than double the amount of cases reported during the same period last year.