A 45-year-old man was charged with a hate crime after a Palestinian-American civil rights activist said he allegedly harassed and attacked her, chasing her through her Brooklyn neighborhood and threatening to cut off her head.
Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, said that the man harassed her and and a coworker as they walked out of the association's headquarters in Bay Ridge on Wednesday.
She said the man threatened them, saying, "you are cutting people's heads off ... I'm going to cut off your head and see how your people will feel," before hurling a trash can at them.
Neither woman was injured in the incident.
“It’s a surreal feeling when you are advocating for victims of hate crimes and end up being the target of one yourself,” Sarsour said in a previous tweet.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the department is looking into the alleged delay in police response.
--Jonathan Dienst and Marc Santia contributed to this report