Oklahoma Muslim Group Criticizes Police Training

Oct 29, 2013

Flag ceremony at Oklahoma Cleet Headquarters in Ada
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An advocacy group for Muslims in Oklahoma claims the state's Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training has accredited a course that includes presentations by "anti-Muslim extremists."

The Oklahoma director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Adam Soltani, said Monday the agency should drop several speakers scheduled to help train law enforcement officers this Friday in a continuing-education session at the Oklahoma Capitol.

The training is sponsored by the Oklahoma House's Counterterrorism Caucus, an informal group formed by Sallisaw Republican state Rep. John Bennett, a Marine Corps veteran and fierce critic of Sharia Law. Outspoken critics of Islam's religious law are on Friday's agenda.

Steve Emmons, the director of the education and training council, says his group doesn't review training materials from outside groups. Bennett couldn't be reached for comment.