The Crescent Report

November 13, 2007

Profiling of Muslims in Southern California

Filed under: Muslim Americans — Tags: , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 6:02 pm

When a reporter once asked me “what do you think about profiling” in a post 9-11 world I responded that, “I now have the double whammy. I have to worry about driving while black and flying while Muslim.”

That being said, I am very concerned about the decision of the LAPD to begin an intense profiling on the Muslim community in Southern California as detailed in this story. MAS Freedom will be keeping an eye on this situation as it develops, and I also encourage those concerned about the situation to read this note of caution from the LA Times.

Ibrahim Ramey, the Human and Civil Rights Program Director of MAS Freedom, appeared on the Neal Cavuto program on FOX News on Friday, November 9th. The subject was the new plan by the Los Angeles Police Department to develop a program for surveillance of Muslim communities, ostensibly to help these communities “better integrate” into the larger society and prevent the infiltration of religious extremists and potential terrorists into Los Angeles.

But the LAPD plan has drawn sharp criticism from both Muslim organizations in Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, who deemed the new program a form of “religious profiling” and an inappropriate tactic for preserving public safety.

Ramey agreed that there is a legitimate role for law enforcement officials in guaranteeing public safety, but he also noted that “if the Muslim community is not involved in the formulation of anti-terrorism initiatives, these initiatives can result in the violation of the civil liberties of individual Muslims, and the unjust stereotyping and targeting of an entire community.”


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