ICSC Hosts LAPD Muslim Community Forum
On the evening of Thursday March 14, the ICSC was pleased to host Chief Charlie Beck and the Los Angeles Police Department at the LAPD’s semi-annual “Muslim Forum”.
The forum was initiated by Chief Beck’s predecessor (William Bratton) and is held twice a year at Mosques around Los Angeles. It is an opportunity for the Muslim community to engage LAPD leadership on a wide variety of topics, as well as hear from LAPD.
Opening the event with Quranic recitation was the ICSC’s Wasi Momin. Wasi was also given an award by the LAPD for his outstanding youth activism and involvement in the community.
Awards were also given to our very own Mohammed Qureshi for his years of dedication and service. Also present at the forum at given awards were members of the Council of Pakistan American Affairs, members of the Iranian Muslim Association of North America (IMAN) center, and ICSC Board member and LAPD Reserve Officer Omar Ricci.
Welcoming remarks were given by past chair and active member Hassan Zeeni.
Chief Beck thanked the ICSC for its decades of institutional leadership in Los Angeles, emphasizing its role and representation in the larger Los Angeles community. He also emphasized the importance of the Muslim community’s continued participation in broader civic life in the City. He also spoke of the recent challenges the LAPD went through with the Christopher Dorner killings and targeting of LAPD personnel.
The evening spanned a variety of topics and speakers including the new Pakistani Consul General to Los Angeles Taswar Khan, Forum co-chair Fatemeh Namazikah from the IMAN center, Mr. Adnan Khan from COPAA, and Deputy Chief Michael Downing and Commander Mike Williams from the LAPD.
Topics ranged from strengthening ties between the Muslim community and the LAPD, to community member questions and concerns about the LAPD “suspicious activity” (or “SARS”) reporting program, to a de-brief and lessons learned about the tragic killings that took place at Sandy Hook, Connecticut and how the community can take steps to protect itself.
The ICSC was proud to host this event. It is yet another representation of how the ICSC is viewed as an integral part of the broader Los Angeles community and plays a leadership role.