(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today asked the New York Police Department (NYPD) to verify the authenticity of a video that has gone viral purporting to show an incident of religious and racial profiling by one of that department's officers.
The first part of the YouTube video, which the producers claim was a social experiment, appears to show two people having an altercation in front of a police officer while they are wearing jeans and t-shirts. The “officer” does not react to the altercation until it is repeated 20 minutes later by the same men now wearing attire associated with Muslims. That time, the officer stops and frisks the men and questions their mode of attire.
A number of online commentators claim the video was either staged or is a reenactment of a real incident.
“Because of the seriousness of the claims made by the video's producers, we have asked the NYPD to look into the matter and to determine whether this incident was real or faked,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group has also reached out to the video's producers, with no response.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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