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New York Police Dept. Kills Again - Over 1,000 in the Bronx Protest
Stop and Frisk Campaign, Occupy Wall Street
In 2011, at least 700,000 almost entirely African-American and Latinos
in NYC were subjected to the NYPD’s unwarranted stop and frisks.
Most recently, the Mayor’s and his police department’s policies and
practices further resulted in the killing of unarmed Rahmarley Graham,
18 years old in his own home, and the vicious beating of Jatiek Reed
and arrest on false charges. The discriminatory policies and practices
are the catalyst for the frightening explosion in incarceration. And then
for those dragnetted into the criminal justice system, upon their release
is the stigmatization and systemic disenfranchisement from virtually all
opportunities and benefits of the society – this is the new “Jim Crow”.
COALITION CALLS FOR RESIGNATION OF NYPD COMMISSIONER
OVER ANTI-ISLAM FILM COVER-UP
Amna Akbar, An Attorney and a Representative of the Muslim
American Civil Liberties Union
Imam Al Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Pres., The Islamic Leadership
Council of Metropolitan NY
Cyrus McGoldrick, Council on American Islamic Relations
Jumaane D. Williams, N.Y. City Council Member
bdeen Jabara, civil rights attorney
A Coalition of civil liberties groups came to NY City Hall to call for the
resignations of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly & Deputy Commissioner
Paul Browne due to revelations that they covered up their roles in the
production of an islamophobic propaganda film “The Third Jihad” that
was shown to at least 1,500 NYPD officers and to law enforcement
around the country. "The Third Jihad" was produced by the shadowy
non-profit group the Clarion Fund that had produced an earlier
anti-Muslim propaganda film which was distributed to millions of voters
in swing states just prior to the 2008 election, apparently backed by a
$17 million donation from a "longtime contributor" to neo-conservatives.
The Clarion Fund also has links to theright-wing Israeli group Aish
HaTorah. The Clarion Fund's previous documentary attacking Muslims'
'war on the West' also attracted support from the casino magnate
Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of Israel, who has helped
reshapethe Republican presidential primary by pouring millions of
dollars into a super PAC that backs Newt Gingrich. Both Kelly’s and
Browne’s participation in and coverup of their role in the film indicates
a total disregard for the civil rights of American Muslims and a complete
lack of respect for one of the city’s largest religious communities. The
NYPD’s Commissioner’s misrepresentations must also be seen in the
context of a recent series of investigative reports by the Associated Press
that revealed that undercover NYPD officers in a so-called "Demographics
Unit" spied on Muslim communities and houses of worship with the
assistance of individuals linked to the CIA.
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