Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition


January 14, 2009

The Honorable Raymond Kelly

New York City Police Department

One Police Plaza

New York, N.Y. 10038


Dear Commissioner Kelly,


We, the undersigned, are writing to request a meeting to register our concerns over the mishandling and arrest of nine young people by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) at the close of a recent rally in support of the civilians of Gaza. We are deeply concerned that this incident will exacerbate the growing rift between the Muslim community and NY officials.


The January 11th incident on Manhattan’s West Side has lead many in the NY Muslim community to suspect unwarranted police profiling of Muslim youth. Several eyewitnesses to the arrests claim that NYPD officers instigated altercations with protesters and used aggressive force to subdue the crowd.

Whether or not these allegations are true, trust between the Muslim community and the NYPD is indeed eroding. This incident, coupled with your recent visit to Israel with Mayor Bloomberg, sends a disconcerting message that the NYPD has taken a one-sided stance on the issue of Gaza here and abroad.


As the chief of the NYPD, you have a unique opportunity to repair the damage done to NYPD/NY Muslim community relations. We request that you meet with us to discuss these concerns in further detail and look forward to your response.





Omar Mohammedi

President, Association of Muslim American Lawyers


Wael Mousfar

President, Arab Muslim American Federation


Faiza N. Ali

Community Affairs Director, Council on American Islamic Relations-NY


Mohammad Razvi

Executive Director, Council of Peoples Organization


Khurshid Khan

President, Islamic Circle of North America


Imam Shamsi Ali

Director, Jamaica Muslim Center Inc.


Abdelhafid Djemil,

Outreach Coordinator, Muslim American Society New York


Adem Caroll

Board President, Muslim Consultative Network


Asim Rehman

President, Muslim Bar Association of New York


Naoma Nagahawatte

Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council-NYC Office


Aisha Al-Adawiya

Executive Director, Women in Islam Inc.

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