Aug 4 2010
Thought there were only NO-GO areas for non-Muslim police in London? OK, so now the NYPD should ignore ALL calls for help from the Harlem mosque. Let them get the Black Panthers for protection.
The embarrassing flap occurred Friday night, when Det. Martin Brown, who is assigned to the Police Commissioner’s Liaison Unit, showed up at Mosque No. 7, at 106 West 127th Street after (phony, no doubt) allegations that local youths were roughed up by cops from the 32nd Precinct, sources said.
When Brown showed up at the mosque — the scene of a horrific 1972 cop killing— the official who had invited him, Abdul Kareem Muhammad, the head of the Harlem Clergy and Community Leaders Coalition, did not let him enter because of his gun and shield, sources said.
Those items are barred under the mosque’s rules of worship – and the news touched off a few minutes of awkwardness as Brown patiently waited outside the mosque. The mosque’s imam, Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, then greeted Brown and apologized, but reiterated the fact that he would not be allowed inside to attend the meeting, where other community leaders were in attendance, because of his gun and shield.
“He refused to comply with the demand.(As he should have) have He wasn’t going to relinquish his weapon,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.
One police source insistrd it was a slap, however inadvertent, to the Police Commissioner’s authority, particularly since the detective had showed up in act of conciliation and outreach to the Harlem community. (Oh, CRAP)
The same mosque was once headed by the Rev. Louis Farrakhan and is the site of one of the most embarrassing chapters in New York City history. On April 14, 1972, Police Officer Philip Cardillo was fatally shot when he and a partner responded to a phony 911 call and were trapped inside by a mob of Nation of Islam members.* NY POST
*This is the story of how in 1972 officers responding to a false “10-13” (officer in trouble) call entered the Harlem Mosque and were attacked, one murdered.. The real story is how the Black Muslims, lead by Minister Louis Farrakhan, had the mayor and police commissioner so intimidated that they ordered all police officers out of the Mosque, which was now a crime scene, severely hampering the murder investigation. They later ordered all white officers to stay away from the entire area of the mosque to appease Farrakhan and his followers. This is an indictment of the higher echelons of a police department that was more concerned with maintaining an appearance of race relations than solving the murder of a police officer.