Last night in Queens Omar Rivera walked into the al-Imam Mosque on 24 Steinway Street with a bottle of beer and penis in hand and proceeded to urinate on the congregation’s prayer rugs while uttering various
anti-Muslim slurs curses.
The “clearly very intoxicated” Rivera was taken into custody by the NYPD.
Late Update: The New York Post originally reported Rivera using ‘anti-Muslim slurs’. But they’ve now revised their story. The NYPD would not confirm to TPM whether Rivera’s curses were tied to Islam. And subsequent reporting by the Washington Post suggests Rivera was so drunk he probably didn’t know he was in a Mosque. So probably just your standard random urination in place of worship issue.
Later Update: NYPD now confirming to TPM that they are not treating this as a bias case.
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