Mosque Leaders Profiled on Triborough Bridge

May 9, 2006

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP,0,1382211.story

On May 9, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Six leaders of a mosque said Tuesday that city transit officials handcuffed and detained them following a traffic stop on a bridge because they are Muslims.

The officials of the Dar Ul Islah Mosque, in Teaneck, N.J., said they were made to line up along a Triborough Bridge roadway and handcuffed behind their backs while passing motorists gawked.

'We were made a spectacle,' said Igbal Khan, of Paramus, N.J. 'We had caps and beards. I am sure people were thinking, "They finally got those terrorists."'

The men demanded at a news conference that the agency that runs the bridge, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bridges and Tunnels division, provide religious sensitivity training to its police officers. They also said they planned to file a civil rights lawsuit for what their attorney Devereauz Cannick called 'Muslim profiling.'"