Muslim Youths, Law Enforcement Bridge Gaps In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Federal law enforcement officials tried to break down barriers with the Muslim community in Brooklyn on Saturday, with a special program designed to foster a culture of understanding.

When 17-year-old Bilal Amjad strapped on a bulletproof vest, he got more than just a feeling of security, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown. He began to feel accepted.

“There’s a lot of stuff on the news, that Muslim people are all bad – but we’re not all like that,” Amjad said.

Amjad was one of several hundred Muslim youths attending a day-long, hands-on program with law enforcement agencies including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police and the NYPD.

Each side of the program was looking to break through stereotypes to keep communities together.

“A lot of law enforcement probably look at us in a bad way, but we’re not like that,” Amjad said.

“What we’re trying to do is to show them that they have opportunities in public service and government, and to show them the importance and respect that their faith has,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Flannery said.

Many at the event said that too many times, the Muslim community and law enforcement officials interact only when reacting to a dangerous situation, and that has helped to foster tense relations.

“This is why we’re building these bridges – because we want to close those gaps where they law enforcement feels, ‘oh, these are Muslim kids, and perhaps they might be thinking something.’” Mohammad Razvi, executive director of the Council of Peoples Organization, said.

The program, he said, was an opportunity to bridge those gaps.

“These are Americans kids – they stand in front of this American flag and say, ‘we are Americans,’” Razvi said.

The event in Brooklyn was the first of its kind in the country, but organizers said they’re looking to expand to other areas soon, beginning with Washington, D.C.

More than 500 kids, and a dozen mosques and schools, took part in Saturday’s program.

  • Shawn

    you idiots muslims are not terroriost!!!! islam means peace allah means god in arabic. you people are so ignorrent!! please get f8ckin educated. when people rob banks and mudering happens there not muslims. muslims want peace and these people who are suicide bombing are brained washed and un educated about their religion. so think before you write a comment

  • David Goldstein

    Future terrorist.


    Islam: it’s a disease in need of a cure.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are muSlimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no muslimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  • angry NYer

    dont trust them.. they are all traitors…

  • John Marin

    For this issue t o be well articulated would require reams upon reams of paper until the forests of Oregon are well depleated. Better answers are found in the collectivity of scholarly literature easily digested now that the internet has provided a free and independent platform for the free will expression of those seeiking a better understanding in the present and impending future of thought.

  • Tony Cornelious

    This would be a nice initiative to extend to African American youth as well. There has been a wedge between law enforcement and the black youth for many years now.

    …just my two cents.

  • Bernie Sanders

    Lets hope for peace in our country and for all Americans! There is way too much hate in our world.. We need to unite and be one !

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