The Arizona office of the Washington-based Council on
American Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), the ASU Muslim Student Association,
and leaders from seven valley Musjids met Tuesday with the FBI’s Phoenix
Division to discuss ways to promote better relations between law
enforcement and the state’s Muslim and Arab-American Communities.
Officials from the Phoenix Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Mesa
Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Tucson Police Department,
University of Arizona and Arizona State University Police, U.S. Attorney’s
Office, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and Maricopa County Prosecutor’s
Office also took part in the meeting.
Special Agent in Charge Charlene Thornton informed CAIR-AZ that her office
will not tolerate any hate crimes against the Muslim community and stressed
that Americans of all faiths have the right to enjoy freedom and must work
together to protect America.
Participants agreed in principal to attend town hall events with the Muslim
community and law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona. CAIR-AZ and
other Islamic organizations represented at Tuesday’s meeting pledged to do
their utmost in helping to make Arizona and America more secure”¦
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