Special rules for special classes ................. anathema to America's founding ideal, the principle of individual rights.
HARLEM — An NYPD detective invited to a community meeting about concerns of police brutality was refused entry into a Harlem mosque because he refused to relinquish his badge and his gun, police said.
Det. Martin Brown, of NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly's liaison unit, arrived at the Nation of Islam's No. 7 Mosque at W. 127th Street in time for Friday's community meeting, only to be greeted by organizers who reportedly told him his weapon and shield were not welcome inside.
"Det. Brown was invited to the mosque but refused to comply with the request that he enter without his weapon or shield," NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster said in an e-mail.
The Muhammad Mosque No. 7, which is the local headquarters of the Nation of Islam, has a historically contentious relationship with the NYPD, and was the site of a lethal standoff on April 14, 1972 that left a police officer dead.
Officer Philip Cardillo was killed in a standoff with Nation of Islam members while responding to a phony 911 call from the mosque, which claimed another officer was trapped inside.
Organizer Abdul Kareem Muhammad, vice president of the Harlem Clergy and Community Leaders Coalition, reportedly invited Det. Brown to the meeting of the Committee to End Abusive Policing in our Communities, according to the New York Post. The meeting was called to address concerns about a Harlem family of five that organizers say have been the target of repeated harassment by the NYPD's 32 precinct.
But when Brown arrived, Muhammad informed him of the mosque's gun and badge ban, the Post reported.
Brown stood outside for several minutes until the mosque's imam, Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, arrived and seconded the ban, the Post reported.
Brown stood outside.........sheesh.