How dare they try and be accurate!
Thirty Muslim groups are asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to sever ties with one of their counter-terrorism trainers. Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Sam Kharoba teaches law enforcement officers to unfairly stereotype Muslims.
“Kharoba claims radicals can be identified by ten to twelve physical markers such as headbands, types of facial hair or a prayer bump on the forehead from frequent contact with a prayer mat. One of our clients, they said the officer was investigating which hand he wore his watch on because according to Kharoba, this officer in Hillsborough County was trained that if a Muslim wears his watch on his right hand he must be an extremist. It’s completely nonsensical.”
According to CAIR, Kharoba is an independent contractor who has been hired by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at least 21 times since 2005. He wrote a book called “A Law Enforcement Guide to Understanding Islamist Terrorism” and uses it in his teachings. In the book, Shibly and other Muslim-rights advocates noted that Kharoba consistently described Islam as a faith based on violence and lies. After receiving hundreds of complaints from the Muslim community about police harassment from Hillsborough County deputies, Shibly and others stepped in. Many of those complaints involved officers who were trained by Kharaba.