Rep. Keith Ellison: NYPD’s Anti-Muslim Training Videos Make us Less Safe
The news that the NYPD showed an extremely Islamophobic film as part of its training and then tried to cover up the extent of its use remains alarming. Faith leaders have called for an investigation to ensure such mistakes won’t be repeated. Today, Rep. Keith Ellison weighed in with the important reminder these episodes actually make us less safe. The Congressman writes:
The NYPD’s use of “The Third Jihad” is disturbing because it leaves officers with the impression that American Muslims are the enemy, not an ally against terrorism. This notion hurts the ability of law enforcement to do its job. No one knows this better than the brave officers who have stood up to such bigotry – it was NYPD officers who objected to the screening of the film, just as it was FBI agents who recently objected to using equally harmful training materials at the bureau.
Now more than ever, it is critical that law enforcement build relationships with the Muslim community to better fight against terrorism. In my hometown of Minneapolis, the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim community is so strong that international dignitaries have visited to learn about our model. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has said he was able to solve several high-profile crimes only because Muslim community members voluntarily came forward to share information with the police.
The whole piece well is worth a read.
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