November 23, 2007
Honorable Raymond Kelly
Police Commissioner of NYPD
One Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038
Dear Commissioner Kelly:
Please find enclosed a statement of some Muslim community concerns regarding the Bhatt and Silber report, Radicalization in the West: the Home Grown Threat. We look forward to hearing your responses to these concerns on Monday, and we hope that Monday’s meeting will be the start of a process of honest and productive dialogue addressing and correcting the dangerous misconceptions evident in the report.
On the basis of this meeting and the enclosed statement, we urge you to take the following immediate action:
- To cease distribution of the report to other jurisdictions’ law enforcement agencies while the NYPD carefully responds to and corrects the report’s misconceptions and errors;
- To clarify what policies have been adopted by the NYPD as a consequence of the report, and in particular respond to concerns expressed in the Community Statement submitted by diverse Muslim community representatives;
- To issue a public statement to the effect that the NYPD is working with members of the Muslim community of New York on developing a sound, rights-respecting policy on “radicalization” that will not lead to religious or racial profiling;
- To commit NYPD to a regular schedule of ongoing dialogue to address the issues identified in the attached statement.
We thank for your attention and look forward to our discussion.