Commissioner Ray Kelly to meet with Muslim leaders following ‘spying’ outcry

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will meet with several Muslim leaders tomorrow to discuss the NYPD’s controversial counterterrorism program, Metro has learned.
 
Sheik Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center told Metro he called the meeting to order, because he was anxious over the outcry about the alleged NYPD spying.
 
“This will be the first of two meetings taking place this week,” Ali told Metro. “I think it’s very important to engage the police commissioner. We cannot solve any problems without speaking face to face.”
 
Ali said the commissioner will first meet with seven leaders tomorrow at 3 p.m. at an undisclosed location, and then meet with other leaders at the end of the week.
 
Sheikh Moussa Drammeh, founder of the Islamic Leadership School in the Bronx, Debbie Almontaser, chair of the Muslim Consultative Network, Mo Razvi, a Pakistani-American Muslim and community organizer and Omar T. Mohammedi, a New York City Commissioner on Human Rights have all been tapped to attend the first meeting, Ali said.
 
Ali was not satisfied with the initial roster of attendees, so he asked for a second meeting to incorporate more perspectives.
 
“I’d prefer if they met with others that haven’t been given a chance to meet with the commissioner,” Ali said.
 
Zead Ramadan, Chair of the Council on American Islamic Relations, also felt the list of invited leaders was not representative of the Muslim community.
 
“Without legitimate leaders representing the majority of the Muslim community in the New York area, his attempts at reconciliation are folly,” Ramadan said.

For more local news, follow Emily Anne Epstein on Twitter @EmilyAEpstein.



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