Washington, DC | www.adc.org | January 26, 2012 – This morning the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) called on New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne to immediately resign from their respective positions. Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy recently admitted to taking part in the filming and production of the “Third Jihad” – a blatantly bigoted and hate-filled film vilifying the American-Muslim community. Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy had recently lied to community members by denying any involvement in the film. The decision to take part in the film, as well as show the film to nearly 1,500 NYPD cadets raises serious concerns about Kelly’s ability to serve and protect minority groups in New York City.
Commissioner Kelly has engaged the NYPD in programs that have no regards for civil rights and liberties. Practices such as data mapping of the American-Muslim community in New York, extensive and unwarranted surveillance programs, partnership with the CIA, already raised doubts about Kelly’s policing methods. Involvement with “Third Jihad” sends a clear message that the NYPD’s dealings with New York’s diverse Muslim communities are based on bigotry and blanket suspicion.
ADC President Warren David declared that “the residents of New York deserve much better than what Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy are offering. They deserve transparency, honesty, integrity and a leader who embodies the fundamental principles needed to serve and protect the community. Commissioner Kelly lacks all these qualities and it is time for him to resign. The actions of Commissioner Kelly leaves one to wonder if he was preparing to make an appearance on a training video filmed and produced by the KKK.”
The Third Jihad portrays Muslims as engaged in a “1400 year war” to “infiltrate and dominate America.” The film includes inflammatory imagery, including people who appear to be Muslim engaging in acts of terrorism, car bombs exploding, executed children, and repeated images of an Islamic flag flying over the White House.
ADC will continue to monitor this situation and provide full support to residents in NYC that are working directly on this matter.