A set where the show was filming in Chicago included some typical Muslim stores as well as a Chicago PD Bomb Squad truck parked outside them, which “outraged” Ahmed Rehab, the Muslim executive director for designated terrorist group CAIR in Chicago.
Chicago Sun Times A politely worded notice informed folks in Edgewater that the TV show “Chicago PD” would be filming scenes in the neighborhood and that crews would do their best to avoid disturbing residents. But the pink sheets of paper didn’t say exactly what the popular TV show would be filming — something that’s elicited everything from groans to outrage among some in the local Muslim community.
The scenes, which according to the posting were to be shot between Oct. 2-4, included a fake “Hookah café and Lounge,” as well as a Middle Eastern rug store and signs in Arabic. One photograph shows a van with “Chicago Police Bomb Squad” written on it.
“If true, it’s offensive,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations. Rehab said he didn’t see the set himself, but had seen pictures posted on Facebook, which drew dozens of comments — with at least one person threatening to boycott the show.
The Bomb Squad truck particularly troubled Rehab.
A spokesman for NBC declined to comment. A source close to production said “Give this the benefit of the doubt because the story does deal with[the Muslim community.” “We definitely want to represent all cultures accurately and authentically. And we used the same level of detail for this particular episode.”
“I don’t think this is going to be [an episode] about the good old shopkeeper who puts out water for the alley cats,” Rehab said. “It’s probably going to be a terrorists’ sleeper cell.”
Rehab said the gibberish Arabic is “an indication that they did not consult anyone who knows anything about the culture.” Rehab said CAIR would likely respond with a commentary on their website.
Rehab often appears on TV News whining about “Islamophobia.”