TheÂ Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the L.A. Sheriff’s department and holds sway within its Muslim Community Affairs Unit, a unit unique within the Sheriff’s department. There is no other unit for Christians,Â Jews, etc. This is akin to Sheriff BacaÂ having an Italian Community Outreach Unit, which defers to members of the Mafia because of they are predominately white Italians who are Catholic.
On Sunday, May 15, 2011 the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) hosted a Community Town Hall Meeting led by the MuslimÂ Public AffairsÂ Council (MPAC).
TheÂ LA CountyÂ Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Bureau, theÂ Muslim Community Affairs Unit (MCAU) – a taxpayer funded entity – was the presenting agency. The MCAU’s stated mission is to “build a stronger relationship with the Muslim community to build cooperation with law enforcement.”
Being Muslim is not belonging to a race.Â Muslims are merely followers of Shariah Islam. The MCAU is a taxpayer funded religious group operating inside the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at the behest of Sheriff Leroy Baca. Civil Rights LawyersÂ may argue the MCAU violates the Establishment Clause mandate ofgovernmentÂ neutrality toward religion.
Deputy Sherif Morsi, a volunteer, Sgt. Mike Abdeen, Officer Syed.
Steve Whitmore, LASD Senior Media Advisor, confirmed the Muslim Community Affairs Unit receives taxpayer funds approximating $128,400 per year for two full time Deputies.Â When I asked Mr. Whitmore if any other religions had a LASD Community Affairs Unit and received equal taxpayer funds, he replied, “There are no other religious Community Affairs Units in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.”
What’s the philosophy behind the Muslim community outreach efforts?
Baca: Police need all the help they can get. When you have deputy sheriffs who are Muslims, and the Muslim community can identify with them, then it makes the Muslim community feel protected.
What progress have the community outreach efforts achieved so far?
Baca: The Muslim community trusts the sheriff’s department. Successful law enforcement requires that the public trust law enforcement. And you’re not going to get the public’s trust if you’re not going to trust the public.
The FBI broke off contact with the Council of American-Islamic Relations last year, while you’ve stayed in touch. Why are you right and the FBI wrong on this?
Baca: It would be like saying, ‘We found an extremist in Los Angeles and no one told us about him, so we’re going to cut ourselves off from the entire Muslim society.’ You can’t do that at a local law enforcement level. If there’s a problem with crime-plotting, you have to get closer to the environment, not further. And if they think CAIR is out cavorting with extremists, then it behooves them to be more involved with CAIR.
Sheriff Baca has overreached his authority, states Carrie Storm.Â Muslims are people who practice the religion of Islam.Â Islam is a religious group, just like Christians, Jews, Buddhists, etc…Â The LA Sheriff’s Department violates the Constitution by creating special privileged treatment of Muslims over all other religious groups.Â The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion but prohibits establishing a preference for any religion.Â Taxpayer funds spent to promote the interests of any religious group over another is prohibited through the ‘establishment clause’ of the First Amendment inÂ the United States Constitution.
July 9, 2011
LA Sheriff’s Muslim Community Affairs Unit
AÂ Civil Rights LawsuitÂ Waiting to Happen