Cartoon Portraying Police at a Mosque Offends Many

November 4, 2005

Source: BBC News

On November 4, 2005 BBC News reported, "A chief constable has condemned the portrayal of Muslims in a police magazine cartoon, describing it as offensive and sacrilegious. The Police Federation magazine cartoon shows officers taking their shoes off outside a mosque, as a bearded man escapes clutching bags of explosives. Bedfordshire's chief constable Gillian Parker has written to complain. The magazine's editor has apologised and said there was no intention to cause offence. The cartoon was seen by Bedfordshire Police as an attempt to mock the force's advice to officers to remove their shoes before entering Muslim properties... [Parker] said: 'We have worked hard over an extended period of time to achieve relationships and I feel that the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims as terrorists has unnecessarily jeopardised this'... Metin Enver, editor of the magazine, told the BBC: 'Much of the material we publish comes from independent parties and is not necessarily the view of the Police Federation. However, we do apologise sincerely if the cartoon featured caused any offence to anyone.'"