L.A. Mayor Seeks Advice From Muslim Leaders as He Chooses Next Chief Of Police

November 5, 2009

Author: Aziza Hasan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council


While making his decision on the next Chief of Police for the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last Friday reached out to local Muslim community leaders for their input on his big decision. Prior to the Mayor's address, Deputy-Chief Michael Downing, spoke to a congregation of 1,000 worshipers after Friday prayers at the Islamic Center of Southern California, asking them for their prayers as the Mayor deliberates on his decision.

During the meeting with Muslim leaders, the mayor asked for input on the qualities the community feels are especially significant for the new chief to posses.

"As a member of the group of advisors who choose the last Los Angeles Police Chief, William Bratton, I strongly encourage the use of strong criteria -- to not only have someone capable of upholding public safety but also to protect the civil liberties of all Angelenos," said Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC Senior Advisor.