Remember 18-year-old Muslim college student, Yasmin Sewied? She received National attention early December when she claimed to have been harassed and assaulted by Donald Trump supporters on the subway. Sewied blamed President-elect Donald Trump for the fabricated attack, saying he “just promotes this stuff and is very anti-Muslim, very Islamophobic, and he’s just condoning it.”
Seweid’s claimed that she was attacked by three drunk white men on the New York subway yelling “Donald Trump”: “They were surrounding me from behind and they were like, ‘Oh look, it’s a f***ing terrorist.’ I didn’t answer. They pulled my strap of the bag and it ripped, and that’s when I turned around and I was really polite and I was like, ‘can you please leave me alone?’ and everyone was looking, no one said a thing, everyone just looked away…They kept saying, ‘you don’t belong here, get out of this country, go back to your country,’ and finally they came really close and they were like, ‘take that rag off your head.”
The NYPD became suspicious that Sewied was lying when they noticed inconsistencies in her story. Police also found no video evidence and could find no witnesses to the reported attack. Then Sewied reportedly “admitted to police that she had been out drinking with friends and made up the incident to distract her strict father.”
On Wednesday Sewied was arrested and booked by New York’s Hate Crimes Task Force after she admitted that she had made the entire incident up.
Yasmin has been charged on two accounts: filing a false report and obstructing government administration. She could face up to one year in jail for each charge. Wasting NYPD’s time isn’t something to be taken lightly. Sewied’s False report wasted valuable police resources investigating a fabricated story.
Since Election Day, there has been a increase of reported hate crimes, something that groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center have linked to Donald Trump’s presidential victory. While there’s no reason to doubt that some of these accounts are legit, we wonder how many are true. If a young girl can make up a story and get the police involved what’s to say there arn’t more of these made up stories out there.
On Wednesday, when Seweid arrived in court, she was almost unrecognizable — reportedly another consequence of her “strict father”: Seems that Yasmin Seweid’s dad shaved her head and sent her out without a hijab because she brought shame on the family.
Whatever the outcome of Sewied’s courtcase I hope she is made an example for those that might try and make false claims of hate crime in the future.