NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Mayor Michael Bloomberg says police used terrible judgment when they showed a film about Muslims during counter-terrorism training seminars.

Bloomberg said Tuesday that police had stopped showing the movie, “The Third Jihad.” It discusses extremists and their plans for establishing an Islamic regime.

“It was not done at the police department as reported. It was done some place else and as soon as they found out, they stopped it and took it down. Somebody exercised some terrible judgment, I don’t know who. We’ll find out,” Bloomberg said Tuesday.

Police documents obtained by a think tank at New York University say the movie was shown on a continuous loop while officers were signing in for counter-terrorism training in late 2010. Nearly 1,500 officers may have seen the movie. Police originally said only a few officers had seen it.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Tuesday that the video was never authorized by the NYPD. “It was never used in training sessions. It was  never shown at the Police Academy and it was never used in training classes in the Brooklyn location where it had been put on a loop on a TV, in a room which officers used to fill in paperwork during down time. As soon as an officer complained about it,  it was removed.  A sergeant who obtained it and put it on the TV loop was reprimanded for its unauthorized use.”

Brown also issued the following statement in response to a New York Times reporter’s inquiry (Sunday) in regard to the story that appeared today:

“In late January last year I received an inquiry whether the film “The Third Jihad” was used in NYPD training. I checked with the Police Academy and determined it was not. But when I heard a police officer had reported seeing at least portions of it at a Brooklyn facility where officers received COBRA training in dealing with chemical, biological and radiological weapons, I double-checked and found that, although unauthorized and not part of the curriculum, the video has been shown on a loop “a couple of times” during down time when officers were filling out  paper work or on a break from actual training.

As a result of my inquiry to the Police Academy, the matter was subsequently pursued further, and a couple of months later, it was determined that the film had actually been shown  in the loop fashion I described during breaks over a period of three months, and almost 1,500 of the approximately 12,000 who received COBRA training there that year would have had the opportunity to see at least part of it as they filled out paperwork or were on break from training.

It was discontinued in December 2010 after an officer complained about it.  It was not shown at the Police Academy in Manhattan where tens of thousands of officers cycle through for training  The video was reportedly obtained by an officer from a DHS contractor. Clips of prominent individuals, including Commissioner Kelly, apparently taken from news interviews, were included in the video. There’s no plan to contact officers who saw it or add other programming as a result.”

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Comments (23)
  1. Linda Elsey says:

    Bloomberg needs to take a reality check as he is standing behind all the wrong issues. This film should be shown in every home in America. Films about jihad are circululating around the US trying to recuit American kids and I believe every American should see this movie the third jihad for everyones safety. All the muslims should really watch this also, maybe some will wake up and realize what a hateful thing they are following. God Bless America.

    1. Rico says:

      Or maybe you should stop believing everything you hear and actually do some research? Maybe then you can become well informed and change your bigoted ways you fear mongering sheep. Ever of heard McCarthyism? How about the Japanese internment camps? People really need to learn from history rather than repeat the same mistakes while being fed propaganda.

    2. rock says:

      I guarantee you this poster is a “baby boomer.” Can’t wait for the future of this country.

    3. Rico says:

      I enjoy drawing pictures of my prophet in the dirt then I slap it with a sandal

  2. profile says:

    The sign reads “Islam will dominate” Good idea to keep showing those films NYPD!!

    1. Rico says:

      I agree. While we’re at it we should show films on the Christian fundamentalists that firebomb abortion clinics. That could be the sequel.

  3. jerseyjoey says:

    Islam is a pile of septic sludge, a dog has better Jinn than a faithful hatefull muslim. All will pay, bank on it, the change is a coming in 2013 Chaos lives.

  4. sk says:

    this is a film that the whole world should see! why should we be scared to show it to the NYPD? so everyoen can live in DENIAL and act like they don’t know whats going on? and for the moslems who are offended by the film maybe they should blame the moslem terrorists for all the problems they are causing!

    1. Mark says:

      They do blame the terrorists, who kill way more Muslims than they do any other religious followers. However, we ignore it and still equate their actions to all Muslims. There are terrorist attacks in Muslim countries EVERY DAY. They are killing their own kind, but once again, it’s only us suffering right?

  5. Trips says:

    muhammad is a phoney ugly ball of smelly dirt

  6. michaelfury says:

    “Family members only will be allowed to walk onto the plaza, look at their loved ones’ names, look down into the voids”

    – Mayor Bloomberg

  7. Vernon Hell says:

    These films are made by evil Christians. GOD HATES CHRISTIANS!!! They will all burn in everlasting HELL.

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  8. simon goldfarb says:

    Mayor Idiotberg is showing his communist colors once again. He should be tried for treason.

  9. Bob says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t blown something up in protest!

  10. V.C says:

    When will this country wake up. Islam is not a religion. It’s a cult that is trying
    to take over the world. Look at all the counties that are having problems with the muslim population. Bloomberg is an idiot.

  11. Jerry Frey says:

    What is an imam? A prayer leader. It takes one to know one. When you can longer face Islam, Islam faces you.

  12. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Bloomberg supports men who are interested in other mans rectums and he is worried about this

  13. mj says:

    police depts have absolutley no regard for civil rights OR the constitution … remember their us vs them mentality and them is anyone not a cop or related to a cop

    1. teacher says:

      The cops can surely spell better than you…LOL

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  14. Jerry says:

    Once again, feelings of some put ahead of the livelihood of many more. When will it ever end?

    1. Ron Paul 2012 says:

      idk lets ask Joe McCarthy..

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