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Nearly 1,500 NYPD Officers Exposed to Controversial Anti-Muslim Film: Cops

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The NYPD said it showed a controversial film about Islam to more officers than it originally indicated and was involved in its production — backpedaling on earlier remarks that it was shown only once.

More than 1,400 officers were exposed to the video, which was shown on a loop in the breakroom for a three-month period, according to police documents obtained by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice.

In March 2011, the police department told WNYC the film "The Third Jihad" — described by the center as "virulently anti-Muslim" — only once in January. The NYPD is now also acknowledging that it took part in making the film.

"I agreed, and regret that considering I thought that somebody with those credentials would have produced a more objective production and that turned out not to be the case," Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for the NYPD, told WNYC's The Takeaway on Wednesday.

In 2007, Browne said he was approached by the film's producer — a former NBC Dateline producer who worked for the Clinton administration.

The film shows TV images of Hezbollah rocket attacks, children being held hostage by Muslim militants and a woman it says was arrested in Iran for wearing immodest clothing.

A number of Muslim groups are calling for the resignations of both Browne and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for being involved in what they deem "hateful propaganda" about the Muslim community.

The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition is also demanding re-training of all officers who viewed the film.

Although he described Kelly "compassionate and caring, and wise and smart," Zead Ramadan, chair of CAIR New York chapter, said this "lapse of judgment is so severe that it might be time for a replacement.”

"He is now representing the City of New York, and he was part of a Nazi-esque style hate movie about Muslims," Ramadan said.

Asim Rehman, vice president of Muslim Bar Association of New York, said Browne should resign because "he has been exceptionally dismissive of concerns raised by the New York Muslim community."

Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, said the revelations point to the need for stronger oversight of the NYPD.

"If you look at its counterpart in the federal government, which is the FBI, the FBI operates under the umbrella of the Justice Department," Goitein said. "It’s overseen by Congressional committees. And there’s an Inspector General to keep an eye on its activities. The NYPD has none of that."

Currently, the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board processes complaints against the NYPD, but it lacks the authority to punish police officers accused of misconduct and can only make disciplinary recommendations to Kelly.

Former Village Voice reporter Tom Robbins was first to report on the film.

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READ BELOW: A signed letter Kelly sent to members of the Muslim community - March 2011 NYPD Letter 7 March 2011 (Received After March 10, 2011)

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Comments [8]

Browne should resign; he deliberately lied. Kelly should do a pro-Muslim sensitivity training film and make sure it is shown a similar number of times to the same officers.

Jan. 26 2012 08:58 AM
Uptown Eddie from Uptown

Just watched The Third Jihad on youtube.

It's anti-RADICAL Islam. If you're a radical islamist/sympathizer, you need to get your door kicked in and get your ass hauled out of this country. These guys are ruining it for all the good muslims.

Jan. 26 2012 06:50 AM
johne from usa

THERE IS NOTHING ANTI- muslim about the movie! Bravo to the nypd for showing. The movie is a factual account of what is going on around the world and just repeats islamists own threats to the usa. The black flag like the rest of the footage was from a terrorist islamist web page. There are many. SHAME ON BLOOMBERG FOR SUPPORTING TERRORISTS AND ISLAMISTS. SHAME ON ALL THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS VIDEO. Legal action won't go too far I bet. Video is all fact and that is why MUSLIMS LEFTY NEWS ORGS NEED TO SHUT UP.

Jan. 25 2012 05:22 PM
kona

More Israel style propaganda , that's training aka brain washing police departments all over U.S. and add that to DRONES flying over U.S. citizens , mobile X-ray Vans scanning vehicles on streets , xrays on people too .

Welcome to your Police State .

Jan. 25 2012 05:07 PM
john from office

Go on line and look at the beheading of Daniel Pearl, that is the greatest teaching film of all time. Lets you know that you too can be beheaded for being an American and god forbid a Jew. Sorry, Kelly is all that stands between us and the beheading nuts, that do exist.

Who else are we to monitor? Jews in Westchester?? We monitor those that have shown themselves to be disloyal and a threat. While not all muslims, enough to create a serious threat. Try policing yourselves.

Jan. 25 2012 04:24 PM
Sherman from Manhattan

"Asim Rehman, vice president of Muslim Bar Association of New York, said Browne should resign because 'he ha been exceptionally dismissive of concerns raised by the New York Muslim community.' "
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Browne should resign -- or be fired -- because he has just been exposed in several major lies. This is not mainly about the Muslim community. As a public employee, he has a duty to ALL the citizens of NYC, & as a press officer, he has an ethical responsibility to refrain from outright lies. He's unethical, unprofessional, & unfit for his job. I would think the the members of the NYC press corps would be calling for his resignation -- after all, he lied to them first -- but I suppose it would be too idealistic to expect that they would actually stand up for professionalal ethics. Although, come to think of it, they didn't have a problem calling for Jason Blair & Howell Raines to be fired.

Jan. 25 2012 04:14 PM
Herb from NYC

I have not heard that the film lied. If the facts are anti Moslem, what is the issue?

Jan. 25 2012 03:59 PM
Political PoP from America

VOte AnD DiE! =)

Jan. 25 2012 02:06 PM

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