Poll: Most LIers believe Muslims aren't targeted by police

While many Muslims believe they were unfairly targeted during the controversial congressional hearings on Muslim radicalization in the U.S., a recent News 12 Long Island/Hofstra

WOODBURY - While many Muslims believe they were unfairly targeted during the controversial congressional hearings on Muslim radicalization in the U.S., a recent News 12 Long Island/Hofstra University polls shows most Long Islanders believe Muslims aren't treated differently than any other ethnic group. Asked for their opinion on how law enforcement personnel treat the Muslim community, 39 percent of responders said Muslims are treated like any other ethnic group, 20 percent said law enforcement unfairly focuses on the Muslim community and 29 percent responded that authorities are justified in focusing on Muslims because of the potential threat of homegrown terror. Fifteen percent said they are undecided on the matter. The poll shows a difference in opinion in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Twenty-four percent of those polled in Suffolk believe law enforcement treats the Muslim community unfairly. In Nassau, it's only 15 percent.Habeeb Ahmed, the chairman of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, says despite charges that law enforcement is targeting Muslims, he takes pride in the relationship the Muslim community has with local police officers.However, Ahmed believes on a national level Muslims are often racially and religiously profiled, especially at airports. March Poll ResultsMarch Poll Summary

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