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7 Muslim men are detained by Nevada police for praying in parking lot, L.A. civil rights group claims

A Los Angeles Muslim civil rights organization has filed a misconduct complaint and requested an internal investigation of police in Henderson, Nev., after seven Southern California Muslim men were detained and questioned for praying in a parking lot.

The men were driving through Henderson on Dec. 20 when they stopped for food and gas at a shopping center, according to the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

While stopped, the men prayed next to their vehicle. Two patrol officers soon arrived – followed by a police sergeant, according to a Henderson police spokesman.

“We got a call from a citizen saying that seven suspicious males [were] in a parking lot engaging in suspicious behavior," said Officer Todd Rasmussen, a department spokesman.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations alleges that one of the officers said he was responding to a call about a “bunch of guys doing weird moves."

Muslim prayer is conducted by a series of movements that include bending down and prostrating on the ground.

The officers did a cursory search of the men's vehicle and questioned them about their jobs, schooling and places of birth for more than half an hour, according to the complaint filed by the Muslim civil rights group.

“The scope and length of the stop was not reasonable under the circumstances, nor did it serve any legitimate investigative purpose,” Ameena Qazi, a staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, wrote to Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers.

In addition to an investigation, the Muslim civil rights group has asked for disciplinary action against the officers, changes in officer training and compensation for the emotional distress suffered by the Muslim men.

The department’s internal affairs bureau has begun an investigation into the incident, Rasmussen said.

--Raja Abdulrahim

 
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You would think that my now everybody would know how Muslims prayed and done the right thing in this case and ignored them. But, because somebody had watched too much Fox News, their paranoia toke over and they called the police. Who should have left when they say what was going on but couldn't because they too have been watching that so called news channel and let their paranoia over take them. Watch out people, you all soon will lose your religious freedom.

I would imagine there were females with these men. Where were they? I'll tell you where they were: in the car or van, out of public view, covered in uncomfortable, clumsy attire and prevented from participating in this inane ritual because they are women. What a sexist, repressive religion!

Yeah sure!!! IMPOSE your culture on us. Next thing you'd do, you would ask women in the streets to wear burka, and if she does not, youd rape her since she didnt follow your stupid religion. GRRRRRR.....

Excuse me Council on American-Islamic Relations, if you're going to react with such absurdity over this incident, I recommend you all pack your camels and return to where ever you came.
I've had my day with traffic stops and I'm no defender of the corporate code enforcers, but your guys begged for the inquiry. I remember being inconvenienced for nearly 45 minutes BY MYSELF for having a plastic (laser defeating) cover over my license plate.
Your reaction is entirely unreasonable in light of the fact that it is YOUR religion presently over the top with suicide martyrs. For all those cops knew, a major casino could have been a bomb target.
I suggest your council inform your more fanatical worshippers to practice a bit more discretion with their public displays of devotion. Remember, 9/11, whether a Bush conspiracy or not put all Muslims under the microscope. Instead of bitching and complaining about these reactions, do something substantial to change this perception.

So, what I learned from this article is that should 6 of my friends and decide to breakout in the "Hokey Pokey" dance, behind a gas station, on the way back from Vegas, we should probably wait until we leave Nevada. That's what it's all about!

If there were 7 men kneeling and holding bibles, would this have happened?

Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around.....

Forgiveness would be a better reimbursement considering the times that we are in.

bin Laden called on Muslims all over the world to kill Americans. His aim is to cause enmity between Muslims and non-Muslims, and he has had some success at this. CAIR's actions here are likely to only increase that enmity. It would have been better if they had responded by arranging to conduct training sessions with the Henderson police. After all, only three cops were involved, no one was arrested, no abuse was alleged, and they were only questioned for "more than half an hour." All over the world we are at war with people who are actively trying to kill us in the name of Islam. The 9-11 terrorists lived among us for years. Can you blame people for being suspicious, especially when they don't have any regular contact with Muslims who aren't trying to kill them? This is one of those cases in which education would be more productive than condemnation.

Excuse me Council on American-Islamic Relations, if you're going to react with such absurdity over this incident, I recommend you all pack your camels and return to where ever you came.
I've had my days with traffic stops and I'm no defender of the corporate code enforcers, but your guys begged for the inquiry. I remember being inconvenienced for nearly 45 minutes BY MYSELF for having a plastic (laser defeating) cover over my license plate. The NV cops had 7 guys to check in a 1/2 hour. That's a far stretch from "misconduct".
Your reaction is entirely unreasonable in light of the fact that it is YOUR religion presently over the top with suicide martyrs. For all those cops knew, a major casino could have been a bomb target.
I suggest your council instead inform your more fanatical worshippers to practice a bit more discretion with their public displays of devotion. Remember, 9/11, whether a Bush conspiracy or not put all Muslims under the microscope. Instead of bitching and complaining about these reactions, do something substantial to change this perception.

CAIR also represented the "6 flying imams" who boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix a few years back and caused a disruption including refusing to sit in their assigned seats and sitting in pairs next to all 3 exits of the plane. Intimidated passengers called police and the men were arrested, detained briefly and assigned to another flight.

The "flying imams" then sued America West airlines and won a multi-million dollar settlement out of court...we can expect a SIMILAR LAWSUIT to follow this STAGED, PRE-PLANNED demonstration by these 7 "poor, oppressed Muslims".

CAIR is no more than a lobbying group for radical Islamists and they have had all relations with the FBI suspended after they were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the HLF terror-funding trial of 2008, where HLF was found guilty of funneling over $12 million dollars to groups designated by the government as terrorist groups like Hamas.

If there had been 7 men kneeling with Bibles, they'd still be in jail.

What this tells me is that as a nation, we don't trust people anymore. Recall the incident in Boston when a neighbor called police because she saw suspicious men breaking into a house. It turned into the Dr. Gates affair ... Muslims and Jews are harassed when they observe their religious freedom to pray. Republicans don't trust the President or his party and Democrats don't trust the Republicans. The list goes on and on. The problem is that many of us don't want to, don't bother to, learn anything about others. Yes, there are Muslims intent on killing not just Americans, but anyone opposed to their views (including other Muslims). But not all Muslims are like that. One would have hoped that this nation that is capable of so much (from innovation to global charity work), would have been able to learn from its recent past and move forward. I keep hoping.

7 men questioned by three officers in a little over half an hour? I have no problem with that at all considering it was likely one officer doing all the questioning and he had to ask all seven men questions.
One officer handling radio to check for warrants and another to watch over the remaining men as a single officer separates individuals for questioning. Less than 5 minutes of questioning per Muslim.
The officers did their jobs, required to check out the report. Simple and clean.

Stupid actions like this increase the mistrust of America among the billions of Muslims (most of whom have no inclination towards terrorism) worldwide. And it furthers the unfair image that Americans are too ignorant about the world outside their bords to have the power and influence they do. The police in this one case did nothing to reduce terroist acts but may have recruited someone overseas to agree with bin Ladn that the U.S. is in fact at war with all Muslims (which is not the truth). The war on terror is a completely new kind of war and we need the help of people around the world (can't just send a large army somewhere).

Muslims are best known for hating Americans. I think the police did the right thing. Americans have every right to be suspicious of them. They brought this on themselves.

I wonder what they were praying for in Las Vegas. I know what I'd be praying for -- winning at the casinos. I'd even feel my prayers had been answered if I broke even. A follow-up story about these men would be interesting. If they won big money, the cops might have to question a lot of people praying in parking lots!

who cares about the whining muslims... shut of and do what you do best, beat woman and cut infidels heads off..
I am tired of you intruding into our freedom with your murderous cult!

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is likely to find itself the target of more criticism after a Dallas immigration judge ordered one of their former board members deported due to terror connections. Nabil Sadoun, a leader in the Dallas Islamic community, had already left the United States for his native Jordan at the time of the ruling and Judge Anthony Rogers said that by taking such action he had waived his right to appeal the case. Dallas-Fort Worth NBC news reports:

“In court, the judge made vague references to the government’s voluminous motion to deport him, including alleged involvement with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The judge concluded Sadoun lied on government forms when he denied he was a member.

The judge also indicated there was evidence Sadoun contributed to the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which was the largest Islamic charity in the United States. Prosecutors convicted the group of funneling money to terrorist groups and several of its leaders were sent to prison. In the case, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator.”

The U.S. govenrment has not publicly made available the information it used to prosecute its case against Sadoun.

This is not the first time that CAIR or Texas Islamic leaders have come under legal scruntity for connections to terror organizations. In 2008 Ghassan Elashi was convicted with four others in the Holy Land Foundation trial. Ghassan Elashi, besides being on Holy Land’s board, was the founder of the Texas chapter of the Council for American Islamic Relations and had been previously convicted of funding Hamas in 2005. Elashi was sentenced to sixty-five years for his role in the Holy Land Foundation charity.

these muslims are a very stupid people, do they really believe that they are still in the desert? they are bobbing up and down along side a car,what would the average person think? is there a reason they could not wait until they got home, to a mosque, ect? Americans should be seeking compensation from the muslims for 911, the attacks on US citizens, the special treatment they demand and it is not all muslims but alot of them..and if it was 7 men holding bible by the side of a car that would be questionable also..every religion has it's share of nut jobs! if you go to a muslim country or a mosque in this country see how women are treated? if you are a women in a muslim country they throw a sheet on you, so what are these 7 guys complaining abut and how do they treat the women in their lives?

DWM = Driving While Muslim?

BRAVO!! Nevada Police!!
Congratulations!
You did a wonderful thing.
Muslims should be told and taught a lesson that they DO NOT OWN the world.
It is NOT their religion that is supreme. They do not have the right to pray anywhere, anytime, and anyhow they wish.
BRAVO!!

I can't believe the LA Times, which I love, would allow racist, unintelligent, and moronic propaganda that no doubt comes from rednecks which no doubt are the offspring of brothers and sisters. That being said, that cops in Nevada racially and religiously profiled people is not a suprise but that they arrested them is absolutely awful. But to be fair anytime I see evangelicals and protestants with bibles praying I get scared too. But these are cops, they are supposed to serve and protect, and instead they are forgetting to protect these people praying at the gas station as well.

This goes to show you how bigot people are nowadays, if we treat people with dignity maybe they wont get pissed off and fly planes into our buildings

what a bunch of ignorant bigots my fellow Americans have turned out to be...

remind me again what it is that our girls and boys have died fighting for around the world.....religious freedom ? was that it ?

Simply put, CAIR's involvement in this situation makes me wonder if the whole thing was staged. It goes without saying that these men have a right to their religious beliefs. But do they have a right to be disruptive and cause a scene on somebody else's private property? I don't think so and I'm pretty sure the law agrees with me. CAIR has a history of causing social disruption, then claiming they're protected. Don't let them fool you into thinking they are supporting social justice. Nope. What they're really doing is provoking hatred in order to justify their existence. They're really no different from any other hate group that attempts to cause sectarian social unrest.

MARK IT DOWN...this is another CAIR LAWSUIT IN THE MAKING, just like the "Flying Imams" who were arrested and briefly detained for being disruptive and intimidating passengers on a flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix. They sued America West airlines and received a multi-million dollar settlement out of court, but the underlying reason for such actions is that CAIR has a brazen political agenda that includes facilitating the advance of radical Islam in the United States, much like Islamist lobby groups are currently doing in Europe.

CAIR used to have positive relations with the FBI, but they were ended by the FBI shortly after CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Fund terror-financing trial, where the HLF was found guilty of funneling over $12 million to designated terrorists like Hamas. This and other similar acts of subversion by CAIR are thoroughly documented in recent books entitled "Stealth Jihad" and "Muslim Mafia", both of which are hot-selling books at Amazon.com.

 
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