LAPD Defends Muslim Mapping Effort

November 10, 2007

Author: Richard Winton, Teresa Watanabe and Greg Krikoria

Source: Los Angeles Times,0,3960843.story?coll=la-home-center

The LAPD's plan to map Muslim communities in an effort to identify potential hotbeds of extremism departs from the way law enforcement has dealt with local anti-terrorism since 9/11 and prompted widespread skepticism Friday.

In a document reviewed Friday by The Times, the LAPD's Los Angeles Police Department's counter-terrorism bureau proposed using U.S. census data and other demographic information to pinpoint various Muslim communities and then reach out to them through social service agencies.