An important advance for diverse policing:
Windsor Police Chief Gary Smith Apologizes To Islamic Community For ‘Offending’ Their Beliefs During FBI Arrests
WINDSOR, Ont. — Windsor police chief Gary Smith has apologized to members of Windsor’s Islamic community for offending their beliefs after officers arresting two FBI suspects at gunpoint patted down one of their wives.
“It was never the intention for Windsor police officers to offend or embarrass the families of our Islamic community,” writes Smith in a press release issued by police this morning. “The actions taken did cause embarrassment and did offend their religious beliefs. I sincerely apologize to the families and the Islamic community.”
Smith will answer questions at a 3 p.m. press conference at police headquarters.
A review of the incident highlighted the need for additional “cultural sensitivity training,” said the release, and Dr. Murad Aktas has been tapped to provide it…
It’s surely only a matter of time before authorities apologize to Major Hasan for being so insensitive of his religious beliefs as to have him shot by a woman.