NY: OUTSIDE LAWYERS HIRED FOR PROBE OF ANTI-ISLAMIC TRACTS AT JAIL
Rockland jail officials will meet again with members of the Islamic Center of Rockland to update them on the investigation into whether the jail chaplain distributed anti-Islamic tracts.
The meeting will be next week, Jail Chief William Clark said yesterday.
Local Muslims called for the Rev. Teresa Darden Clapp’s dismissal after they learned of allegations she distributed booklets that condemned Islam and contained derogatory depictions and descriptions of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, including characterizing Allah as an “idol” and devil and Muhammad as a criminal and a “religious dictator.”
Last week, the county’s Law Department referred the investigation into the chaplain’s actions to outside attorneys to maintain the integrity of the investigation and avoid any possible conflict, Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik said yesterday.
“Whatever my part in it, it’s going to be totally impartial, I can guarantee that,” he said. “This is going to be something that we’re going to take a good, honest look at. When we have conclusions, they’ll be based on fact.”