SAN ANTONIO – Police have confirmed they are looking into a possible hate crime involving raw pork, the only meat forbidden by the Quran.
“There was bacon sitting right here,” said Arshia Khurshid, as she pointed to the front door step of her Northside home.
A local pharmacist, Khurshid said she is Pakistani, not Middle Eastern, and she’s not even a practicing Muslim.
Khurshid said even so, she called San Antonio police to file a report.
She said it’s what she should have done last year, but didn’t.
“I’ve been ignoring it and it’s not stopping. It’s nonstop,” Khurshid said.
She said in early 2015, she found a lot more bacon in her front yard.
Pointing to her prized garden of figs and other fresh edibles and herbs, Khurshid said, “They were laid up to here and the packet was tucked in there, so it was laying all over.”
But Khurshid said she chose not to call police because she thought kids were to blame, since two years earlier in 2013, she had a curious encounter with two small children across the street, as she worked in her garden.
She said the boy and girl, maybe 4 or 5 years old, were laughing at her.
Khurshid said they kept calling her, “Pigastan,” saying she doesn’t like pigs or dogs.
“I was laughing initially, and then realized, it’s not right,” Khurshid said.
She said at one point, as the boy struggled to stay as woman was pulling him away, she heard him say, “She’s not mad. She’s laughing.”
Khurshid said they didn’t see her crying as she walked away.
She said she went to the home of the president of the homeowners’ association at the time, who didn’t know what to say about what had just happened.
Khurshid said, “These are little kids. How are they coming up with this?”
She said perhaps they’re mimicking adults or what they’re hearing on television during a presidential election year.
Officer Doug Greene, SAPD spokesman, said, before the incident can be deemed a hate crime, “We want to talk to as many people as possible who feel that they may have also been subject to this type of behavior in the neighborhood.”
Greene said regardless how insignificant it may seem, “It’s very important for us to document all of these cases, put things together and see what we have here.”
He said the Nextdoor app can help alert neighbors, “Make sure you’re including the police department.”
Greene said they can file reports by calling SAPD’s non-emergency number, 210-207-7273, or online or request an officer come by to take a report.
If this was a juvenile prank, “They’re looking at getting into some serious trouble,” Greene said.