The American Muslim is reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department has organized the “first Muslim Community Forum” co-chaired by leaders of two Southern California Muslim Brotherhood organizations. According to the report:
Last night, about 25 representatives from various Muslim organizations met with Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton in the first Muslim Community Forum sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Several Muslim organizations met before the forum to discuss goals for the meeting and to develop a common language….The Chief’s Muslim Community Forum is co-chaired by LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing. The co-chairs for the community are Imam Abdul Karim Hasan, a member of the Executive Board of the Shura Council of Southern California, and Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
The report also indicated that the forum, similar to other minority forums, would meet quarterly. In addition to MPAC and the Shura Council, both known to be Brotherhood organizations, MPAC Senior Advisor Dr. Mather Hathout was one of those addressing the meeting reportedly stating:
.. engagement with law enforcement increased only after 9/11 but underscored the fact that Muslims have accepted these realities, as long as they are treated as partners not suspects.
Dr. Hathout was one of the founders of MPAC and likely was imprisoned in Egypt for his Muslim Brotherhood activities before emigrating to the U.S.