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New York Muslims Fight Back Against Police Department's Institutionalized Paranoia About Islam

Muslim community leaders say Islamophobia is deep-seated in the New York Police Department.

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Muslim activists like Imam Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, the spiritual leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, say the public pressure on Kelly and the NYPD won't stop until corrective action is taken. Speaking at the January 26 press conference, Abdur-Rashid promised more public protests on these issues in the coming weeks and laid out the stakes.  

“We are facing the specter of a 21st-century COINTELPRO,” he told reporters. And activists say the fight is just beginning.   

“This is part of a long-term strategy,” Linda Sarsour, a prominent Palestinian-American activist in the NYC Muslim community,  recently wrote. “We are not just reacting anymore.” 

Alex Kane is a staff reporter for Mondoweiss and a freelance journalist based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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