Police Commissioner William Bratton promised Wednesday at a pre-Ramadan conference at NYPD headquarters in Manhattan to protect the rights of the city’s Muslims. He has already ended virtually all surveillance of Muslims in mosques, businesses, and universities, which helped to avert several Islamic terror attacks under the former Commish, Ray Kelly.
NY Daily News “You have my pledge as commissioner we will not to jeopardize that trust that all our efforts are geared toward increasing,” Bratton said to dozens of Muslim leaders at 1 Police Plaza. “You also have my pledge that we will continue to ensure policing is lawful, constitutional, effective and respectful.”
The holiday conference has become an annual event but marked a first for Bratton, who’s been top cop for six months. His predecessor, Raymond Kelly, came under scrutiny for surveilling Muslim communities.
Bratton touted that the department now boasts 1,000 NYPD employees — cops and citizens — (aka Obama Affirmative Action for Muslims) who identify themselves as Muslim. A video showcasing the Muslim employees was presented to the crowd of about 150 police officers and community members. But old problems die hard.
During a brief question and answer session, one Muslim leader pleaded with Bratton to go to the leaders when there are problems rather than using spies. “We don’t need informants,” Adebola Sanusi, deputy Imam from Masjid Rahmatillah in Staten Island, said. “Come to us.” (Because we will lie to you through our rotten teeth as all Muslim are notorious for doing. We never turn on a fellow Muslim)