LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Monday he strongly disagrees with a New York lawmaker who says American Muslims are being uncooperative with law enforcement.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, says he wants the upcoming hearings in Washington to focus on “Muslim radicalization”, but Baca says the burden of proof rests on the congressman, not the Muslim community at large.

“If he has evidence of non-cooperation, he should bring it forward,” said Baca. “We have as much cooperation as we are capable of acquiring through public trust relationships.”

King has said that retired law enforcement officials are more likely to voice their concerns — albeit privately — about the reluctance of many Muslim community leaders to cooperate with law enforcement, but also notes that active duty officers are much more hesitant to go on record about the issue.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council hosted a group on Capitol Hill on Monday comprised of political and law enforcement officials from around the U.S. aimed at improving ties with the intelligence community to counter radicalization.

“Muslim Americans in the county of Los Angeles have been overwhelmingly astounded by terrorist attacks — like everyone else — and overwhelmingly concerned about a non-repeat performance of that kind — and are willing to get involved and help,” said Baca.

The sheriff extended an invitation to King to visit the Southland and witness firsthand the relationship between local law enforcement and Muslim-Americans.

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Comments (11)
  1. Bryan Howland says:

    Astounded , maybe !!! but silent, absolutley.

  2. Eisenhowerkid says:

    These Repubican fanatics think it’s 1952 and McCarthy is still overseeing HUAC hearings! Do we really have time for this bigoted nonsense?

  3. kevin says:

    Thank you sheriff Baca. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and my experience has been that the Muslims act pretty much like everyone else. Home, family , community, they certainly don’t act like some kind of dangerous or subversive outsiders. There’s been a Mosque in my neighborhood for decades, no one gives it any more thought than the Church and Synagogue that are also in the neighborhood.

    1. Imran Syed says:

      Kevin, Thank you for your input. I am a practicing muslim and work as a public school teacher. I chose to work in this field so I can give something back to society. I along with millions of fellow muslims have never questioned our sense of being Americans and making our country the best it can be. I watched the SuperBowl along with many of my muslim friends although without the alcohol or bacon chips LOL. Between 1/4 to 1/5 of the world are muslims. We Americans are always pandered by the media on stereotypes that are easy to digest without any cognitive thought process. It was amazing on how many people throughout the United States read and listened to Al Jazira because all our local media and national media did not have a clue what was going on.

  4. swhit says:

    One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him
    excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of
    your students?”
    “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.” “Test of Three?” “That’s correct,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?” “No,” the man replied, “actually I just heard about it.” “All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?” “No, on the contrary.” “So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him even though you’re not certain it’s true?” The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass though because there is a third test – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?” “No, not really.” “Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?” The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.
    This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. Mr. Peter King should take note!

  5. Ozzie says:

    This is warped. If Peter King was given the “Test of Three”, he probably would have answered “yes” to the first question, probably “no” on the second (but these are not Baca’s feel good students) and a definite YES on the third question.

    I appreciate your attempt at profundity, but instead you have demonstrated your naivety and perhaps utter stupidity.

    King may or may not be correct in his findings, but he would certainly pass the “Test of Three”.

    Oh, and Lee Baca is no Socrates.

  6. Joe says:

    Baca is and always has been a YOYO, if your not Hispsnic you are nothing to him. as for stating that Muslim’s are cooperating with law enforcement, he is deslusional and it will come back to bite him. Baca needs to mind LA county’s business and not the Federal Goverment’s business! Actualy, if Baca had any morals, he would resign!

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      Yeah he is prolly backing them up cause of contributions to his campaigns from all the Beverly hills IRAN/Muslims that $upport BACA

  7. Karson says:

    This is way better than a brick & mortar etsablsihment.

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