- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2016

The sister of a Muslim teen who was charged Wednesday with fabricating a story of subway harassment by Trump supporters is criticizing the NYPD’s response and media fallout that she said made things worse for her family.

Yasmin Seweid, who made international headlines with her story of almost having her hijab ripped off by three white men shouting “Trump!” aboard a New York City subway, was charged with filing a false police report and obstructing governmental administration after confessing that she fabricated the Dec. 1 attack, police said.

The 18-year-old’s sister, Sara Seweid, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post Thursday saying the NYPD “should have never been involved in the first place even if the incident did happen.”

“It became super clear to me these past two weeks that the police’s first instinct is to doubt your story and try to disprove it,” she wrote. “The NYPD doesn’t care about us or our safety. Never did.”

Sara said police were suspicious of her family because of their Facebook posts that criticized President-elect Donald Trump.

“I had more than one cop tell me that they’ve looked through all our social media … and it doesn’t look good that we’ve been vocal about certain issues they perceive to be anti -trump, anti-white and even anti-men,” she wrote.

“I’m not excusing what my sister did,” she added. “I was horrified yesterday and I’m still trying to grapple with the facts.”

Sara said the media exacerbated the problem by camping in front of the family’s house and hounding them for interviews.

“Reporters made things so much worse for our family,” she wrote. “My family did not want any of this.”

She said her sister is a victim in all of this, and claimed that some Muslim women feel the need to fabricate stories of harassment because of other traumas they’ve experienced because of their religion.

“I’m deeply concerned about the mental state of young Muslim women who feel that they have to lie so intensely to survive,” she wrote. “I know this isn’t the first time something like this happens so I really think people who are so concerned about how Muslims will be perceived in the media or how future hate crimes will be dealt with need to take a step back and think why muslim [women of color] have felt the need to do this. Its [sic] not for attention.”

“My sister may have lied but she has dealt with an insurmountable of violence and trauma both publicly and privately these past two weeks,” she added.

Sara’s Facebook page has since been deactivated.

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