Hate Crime in Subway Push

    Image #: 20625483    New York City Police Officers escort 31-Year-old Erika Menendez to an awaiting car at New York City  Police department 112th Precinct in the Queens Borough of New York, December 29, 2012. Menendez who made self-incriminating statements was taken in custody in the death of a man pushed in front of an oncoming New York City subway train, police said on Saturday, the second such fatality this month for one of the world's busiest subway systems. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)       REUTERS /JOSHUA LOTT /LANDOV

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    A commuter’s nightmare, with a hate-crime twist. A New York woman was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder after pushing a man onto subway tracks because she thought he was Muslim or Hindu. The man was crushed by a train. “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims. Ever since 2001, when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up,” 31-year-old Erika Menendez was quoted as saying in a statement. The victim was Sunando Sen, born in India and reportedly raised Hindu. Menendez could face life in prison.

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