Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law EnforcementA Dallas mosque’s decision to partner with law enforcement during a nationwide reckoning on the role of policing fits into a broader hesitation from Muslim communities to jeopardize relationships with police departments.
The decision of the East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC) to partner with law enforcement was not unusual: Muslim communities face frequent Islamophobic threats and are hesitant to jeopardize their relationships with law enforcement.
It’s within all institutions in America.”***Long before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Muslim Americans have been targeted and surveilled by law enforcement.
Today, programs that bring law enforcement into mosques have done away with the pretense of covertness, Fatema Ahmad says.
Despite decades of targeted and often undue surveillance, abandoning relationships with law enforcement is no easy task.