NEWS RELEASE NEW YORK – A man was arrested Saturday on a federal hate crime charge in New York City after a video he posted online was made public, authorities said.
The federal indictment unsealed in Manhattan U.S. District Court charges 27-year-old Eric D. Thomas with two counts of malicious harassment, the FBI said in a news release.
It is not known if Thomas has an attorney.
Federal law enforcement officials said Thomas was a U.K.-based citizen and U.N. refugee.
They identified him only as Thomas B. and declined to identify him as an international development official.
U.S.’s first hate crime charges brought in connection with alleged hate crime against refugeesIn June, a British man accused of posting videos online that appeared to glorify violence against Muslims was charged with using an automated voice-activated message program to send violent messages to Muslims.
A U.A.E.-funded project called Islamic Awareness Watch, or ISW, which monitors Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom, released a video in February claiming the group is behind the attacks on British soldiers.
On March 3, the U.M. Foundation for Islamic Education, which was founded by the U:M.’s former president, called for an investigation into ISW.
In response to a request for comment from the New York Daily News, an Islamic group said the U.:M.
is “working to make sure all of our communities are safe and that our communities can celebrate the diversity of our people.”
In an email, a U.:S.
State Department official said that while it is “too early to determine if the allegations against Mr. Thomas are credible,” “we will continue to work with our partners to bring him to justice.”
Authorities said Thomas, of the Bronx, used the video-sharing site Youtube to promote violence against Islam, as well as encouraging others to use the platform to engage in the crime.
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