A diverse coalition of faith leaders gathered this week to denounce what they see as the profiling of the Muslim community by the New York City Police Department — a practice first revealed last year when the Associated Press reported that the NYPD had been "mapping" Muslim groups, businesses and mosques in the tri-state area. Ten years after the NYPD issued "Order 11," which explicitly forbade racial profiling, the police are still unfairly targeting religious and minority groups, the faith leaders contended in a press conference March 13th at Riverside Church. Nearly a dozen rabbis, ministers and imams urged the NYPD to appoint an independent Inspector General or implement some other form of accountability or transparency. In addition to several Muslim groups, the coalition included representatives from the Interfaith Center of New York, Intersections International and the Jewish Theological Seminary's Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue.
Odyssey Member organization HASC is the first-known Hindu organization to be involved in this type of effort. Read the organization's letter to the Honorable Attorney General Eric Holder.