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Sheriff to address Muslim community group in L.A.

March 22, 2010 |  6:29 pm

Days after he tangled with a Republican congressman about his ties to an Islamic nonprofit group, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will be speaking to members of the Muslim American community.

Baca will be at a town hall Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Omar ibn Al-Khattab Foundation at 1025 Exposition Boulevard near USC.

Baca will meet members of the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress, which the department established in 2005 to build bridges with the community.

"The sheriff will talk about how we have to stop generalizing about people because of their religion," said department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Baca argued with Rep. Mark Souder (R-Indiana) on Wednesday while testifying in Washington before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Souder criticized Baca for attending fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, saying the group espoused radical speech.

Baca fired back, telling the congressman that his remarks were "inappropriate" and "un-American."

-- Robert J. Lopez