“Brooklyn is about to launch Muslim Community Patrols – in cars badged just like the NYPD. In uniforms that look just like police. They are masquerading as authority. Just how far is America from religious patrols?”
New York City Streets…
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— Alternative News (@NewsAlternative) January 28, 2019
“Muslim Community Patrol & Services Is Here To Stay”
“Although we’d like for everyone to be on the same page, we’re not here looking for anybody’s approval to do good work, the same way that no one looks for anybody’s approval to do good work,” Rabah said. “As Muslims, we understand that there is a little bit more work for us to do because that’s where we’ve been placed in society, but the work will definitely move forward.”
SUNSET PARK – “This is basically a neighborhood community patrol on steroids,” said Noor Rabah of the new Muslim Community Patrol & Services, “and people are intimidated.”
Last November, neighbors in Sunset Park formed a new community patrol. Run by Muslims to serve both Muslim and non-Muslim communities in light of anti-muslim sentiments, it is modeled on the controversial Shomrim private security force that patrols the Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. However, it is the first security force we would have that unites around religion exclusively and welcomes believers from any ethnic background.
Muslim Community Patrol & Services (MCPS) was formed by Sami Uddin Razi and Noor Rabah, who both serve as the president and vice president of the organization, respectively, and it has national aspirations. They felt there was a need for such service considering the political climate and the fact that hate crimes have been on the rise across the country.
Hate crimes increased 17 percent in 2017 from 2016. According to an FBI report, in 2017 there were 1,679 offenses in which hate crimes were motivated by religious bias across the country. Of that number 18.7 percent were against Muslims. Hate crimes have also increased in NYC. An NYPD report looking at crimes committed in 2017 and 2018 found that though the overall number of hate crimes increased, those against Muslims have actually declined.
The report Bklyner obtained from the NYPD notes that there were 338 reported hate crimes in 2017, and in 2018, that number increased to 361. During the same time period reported crimes against Muslims decreased from 34 to 18.
Nevertheless, as long as crimes against Muslims exist, so will MCPS, founders assure us. “Every community should have its own patrol,” Rabah said, “because every community has its own beat, it has its own lingo, it has its own flow.”
The new non-profit organization offers a variety of services including patrolling (being the eyes and ears of the NYPD, calling dispatch), job training, counseling, elderly assistance, feeding the homeless, and youth mentorship. But the service that’s been the talk of the town is patrolling.
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