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Martina Inumidun Iwala©: A Harrowing Tale of Islamophobia & Neglect in New York

Martina Inumidun Iwala®
July 17, 2023
5 min read

Subtitle: The Unsettling Case of Martina Iwala against the 032 Precinct of the New York City Police Department 1:2023cv05078


In a city once known for its diversity & acceptance, the attack on Martina Inumidun Iwala© by officers of the 032 Precinct of the New York Police Department (NYPD) has sent shockwaves through the Harlem community. Martina's story highlights not only the personal trauma she endured but also the profound negligence displayed by the State of New York, the City of New York & the representatives of the entities which has been slow to address her claims & substantial lawsuit. This article sheds light on the series of events, the impact of Islamophobia &the alarming disregard for justice in Martina's case.

Section 1: A Fateful Encounter:

It was a routine evening for Martina when she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. While walking home from work, she was confronted by officers from the 032 Precinct, who subjected her to a brutal assault. The incident, alleged to have been motivated by Islamophobia, left Martina physically and emotionally scarred. Witnesses attest to the unwarranted use of force and verbal abuse that unfolded that night, forever changing the trajectory of Martina's life.

Section 2: Islamophobia Unveiled:

Martina's experience serves as a glaring reminder of the persistent issue of Islamophobia that continues to plague our society. In the aftermath of the attack, Martina bravely shared her story, shedding light on the bigotry and prejudice faced by many Muslims in New York and beyond. Her case highlights the urgent need for increased awareness, education, and accountability to combat the discrimination faced by individuals due to their religious beliefs.

Section 3: The State's Neglect:

Despite the overwhelming evidence and the severity of the incident, the State of New York has failed to provide Martina with the justice she deserves. The substantial dollar amount lawsuit she has filed against the 032 Precinct remains unresolved, leaving her in a state of uncertainty and further victimization. The State's inaction not only perpetuates a sense of impunity but also sends a disheartening message to victims of hate crimes that their suffering may go unaddressed.

Section 4: Seeking Accountability:

Martina's case should've ignited a wave of public outrage & calls for accountability within the criminal justice system. However, most activists, community leaders & organisations she reached out to were apparently looking for someone a bit more famous to rally behind. Causing a lack of a thorough investigation, swift disciplinary actions against the officers involved & reforms to prevent future incidents of police brutality & discrimination. Martina's resilience & determination shouldn't really be the default. As a woman who only wants to assist others & grow others, why are some police officers so disgusting?


Martina Inumidun Iwala's story exposes the alarming reality of Islamophobia, sexism & the grave neglect demonstrated by the State of New York, the City of New York, the New York City Comptroller in addressing her case against the 032 Precinct of the NYPD. This harrowing incident serves as a reminder of the work that remains to be done to eradicate bigotry, protect marginalized communities, and ensure justice is served. Martina's journey towards justice serves as a rallying cry for change, urging society to confront its biases and strive for a future that values inclusivity, equality, and the protection of fundamental human rights.

Martina Inumidun Iwala®
July 17, 2023
5 min read