New York’s “Muslim Community Patrol” Has New York Residents Suspicious And Worried

New York’s Muslim population will soon be seeing a new kind of patrol car on their streets. It looks just like an official NYC police cruiser, complete with all the police decals and lights at the top. The only difference is that they aren’t police at all despite the lookalike patrol cars and the strangely official-looking uniforms.

They call themselves the “Muslim Community Patrol & Services” (MCPS), and it’s Vice-President Noor Rabah describes it as “like a neighborhood watch but on steroids.”

According to the New York Times, the Muslim Community Patrol has thirty members and a soon to be fleet of five patrol cars that look like official NYPD cruisers in almost every way. However, the MCPS will have no official law enforcement abilities.

Their duties involve watching over the Muslim Community from people who may seek to do harm to Muslims within the Brooklyn area.

The NTY told the story of one member who joined after “Punish a Muslim Day” saw a number of anti-Muslim events happen in England:

“That just boiled inside of me,” said Mr. Ali, 38, who moved to the United States from Yemen in 1990. “That’s when I said to myself that it was really important to come out and protect Muslims in the community.”

He added, “I have to stand up.”

Leaders of the MCPS told the Times that the group is “self-funded and used donations to purchase the cars and navy blue uniforms for its members,” who then go out and patrol Muslim areas in shifts to patrol Islamic schools and mosques. However, the group says that its services aren’t just available to Muslims, but to anyone.

“We know our place: We are not cops,” said Rabah. “We are simply patrollers for the community that also serve as the eyes and ears for the N.Y.P.D.”

But for many, including those in the Muslim community, they are an alarming presence.

Somia Elrowmeim, of the Arab American Association of New York said very bluntly and very clearly: “We don’t want you near our community.”

Elrowmeim is concerned that one misstep from the MCPS could reflect poorly on the entire Muslim community, and she has every reason to fear. Other Muslim community patrols exist overseas, and they have acted more as a Sharia enforcement gang than helpful community patrols.

Incidents include one in Vienna from one of these “Sharia patrols” where a father was beaten for defending his daughter and wife from them. Another three men from these patrol groups in London were jailed for terrorising a couple for holding hands and assaulting people who were drinking.

Community members were so worried about this New York patrol that the NYPD had to gather the members of the MCPS to give them guidelines on what they can and can’t do, which is almost everything when it comes to law enforcement. The general advice was to follow the law and call the real police if a situation arises.

The New York Times suggested, however, that all the paranoia around the MCPS has more to do with “far-right” conspiracy theories and travel bans:

But in a world where far-right conspiracy theories have inspired terror plots against an Islamic enclave in upstate New York, and a travel ban has blocked residents of predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, nothing, it seems, is that simple.

Racism and Republicans aren’t to blame for the uneasiness many feel about such a “community watch” patrolling around the city in cars and uniforms that look stunningly close to NYPD law enforcement. It’s the fact that humanity watches for patterns, and patterns show that religious patrols usually don’t end up with good results.

6 thoughts on “New York’s “Muslim Community Patrol” Has New York Residents Suspicious And Worried

  • February 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    ie. Sharia Law. What’s wrong with you people are you crazy?

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    • February 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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      Look at the issues they oppose…

      Sharia Patrol

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  • February 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    It won’t be long before the NYPD delegates its functions to the MCPS in the Muslim areas. The MCPS can then be used to create kafir free zones therein. In California, the police actually delegate their functions to the MS-13 gangs in the Hispanic areas–much safer for the LAPD and makes it look like effective action is being taken to reduce crime rates.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    If we had white community patrols there would be endless kvetching from the press.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    In the 1970s, a group of teenagers formed the Guardian Angels, with their red berets, to ride and patrol the New York City Subway System, as well as certain Neighborhoods around the City. Mayor Abe Beam was not too enthusiastic, and the Police Command structure was downright hostile to them, but the Subway riding Public appreciated their presence on the trains. Nowhere did they get the support from the Public Officials, until crime on the Subway, and other locations started to drop, which made the Cops look bad.

    This is in stark contrast to what most Muslim patrols end up being, which is enforcement of many of their religious rules. When the NYPD used to enforce Vice laws, Prostitution, and Gambling were always cracked down on. Open container laws regarding alcohol would get you a ticket, or a night in Jail, if you were drunk and disorderly. Since most of the City Officials are, or cover for, the perverts today, cracking down on Vice might yield a City Council member, or two.

    The Muslims always go overboard with who can do what, and where. If I was driving through one of those areas, my radio would be nice and loud, just for the hell of it.

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    • May 19, 2019 at 12:57 am
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      I remember the Guardian Angels and Curtis Sliwa.

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