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Briefing Highlights Positive Relationships between Arab-American Community and Law Enforcement
Last Thursday, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to publicize the positive relationship between Arab-American communities and law enforcement.
In his opening statements, ADC’s legal director Abed E. Ayoub attributed the increasingly heated political atmosphere surrounding Arab- and Muslim-American communities to “the myth of the relationship between the Arab world and law enforcement being a bad one, or that the two have no relationship at all.” Thursday’s briefing attempted to dispel that myth by presenting a more realistic picture of law enforcement’s relationship with Arab- and Muslim-Americans as it has progressed over the past decade.
One of the briefing’s panelists, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, said that in her home district of Eastern Michigan, trusting relationships between local authorities and Arab-American communities “help law enforcement more effectively combat radical extrem