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Muslim Community Patrol Opens in New York
Muslim Community Patrol Opens in NYC — Good Idea?
By Clarion Project
New York’s Muslim community has joined the ranks of minority groups who have organized their own security-based patrols.
Decked out with insignia identical to that of New York City police patrol cars (except for the name), the Muslim Community Patrol (MCP) is watching over parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn that have large Muslim communities.
The idea of minorities groups guarding their own began in New York’s pre-Mayor Rudy Giuliani crime-ridden days when Jewish communities found themselves at the brunt of many muggings, robberies, assaults and anti-Semitic incidents with inadequate police protection.
Communities in Brooklyn formed a citizen’s patrol at the time called “Shomrim,” or guards. Since that time, Shromrim branched out to other cities, including Baltimore, and even to Jewish communities in the UK.
In 2014, a group of Asian-Americans opened a similar patrol in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, complete with walkie-talkies, uniforms and NYPD-style patrol cars.