(Cleveland, OH, 10/27/04) – Leaders of the Northeast Ohio Muslim and
Arab-American communities met recently with officials from the FBI, the
Justice Department and local law enforcement agencies to discuss issues of
mutual concern, including a new round of FBI interviews taking place during
The meeting included officials from the Cleveland office of the FBI, the
U.S. Attorney’s office and the Cleveland Police Department. Islamic leaders
who attended the meeeting raised concerns about the treatment of
out-of-status Muslim immigrants, citing such treatment as a factor in the
community’s wariness of FBI interviews.
Cleveland Police Department Chief Edward Lohn spoke of the many ethnic
groups in Cleveland and expressed interest in reaching out to Muslims.
Chief Lohn also requested diversity training for the police academy.
The outgoing Director of the Cleveland FBI, Gerald Mack, called on those at
the meeting to “increase the level of dialogue,” stating that his agency
wanted the community to be “fully informed about the things we do here.”
Muslim and Arab-American groups represented at the meeting included the
Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, the Islamic Center of Cleveland, First
Cleveland Mosque, the Muslim Association of Cleveland East, AACCESS, Task
Force for Community Mobilization, and Uqbah Mosque Foundation. Local
immigration and ACLU attorneys were also in attendance.
CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia A. Shearson 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247;
CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org;
CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-571-2770, E-Mail: email@example.com