Police training seminar controversy

Police training seminar controversy

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

Controversy at an event designed to help keep you safe. 


A training seminar at the capitol for law enforcement officers, comes under fire from a Muslim advocacy group who says speakers at the event were nothing more than anti-Muslim extremists.

The day-long seminar at the capitol was closed to the public and our cameras, but one man who wasn't supposed to be there, managed to make it inside.  

"They did try to ban me from the event but with the help of some friends in the legislature and the as well as through the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, I was able to sit in the gallery and hear what when on today," said Adam Soltani, Director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

The CLEET seminar was on "Iran, Hezbollah, and the Drug Cartels", issues event organizers say even our local law officers need to be on the lookout for.

"It starts from the ground up," said Rep. John Bennett (R-Sequoyah County). "Likely they'll be the first ones to come in contact with any Iranian terrorists or drug cartels because they're working together."


National security expert Frank Gaffney told FOX 25, "The threat imposed by Iran, Hezbollah, and those associated with them in this country is real. And it's growing."

Gaffney warned those groups wish death to Americans, with the goal, he says, of instituting Sharia law in our country.  

"This training if you will achieved nothing more than spreading a fear and hysteria of Muslims in Oklahoma," said Soltani.

"Quite frankly I'm confused and disappointed as to why they're fighting this so much," said Bennett.  "Makes me question, are they supporting Hezbollah, terrorists and drug cartels?"

Gaffney says the group complaining, CAIR, is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.  

But CAIR disputes that, and is calling on legislators to stop sponsoring events like this one.

"In the future will not accredidate training that includes biased speakers especially when they focus on training law enforcement officials," said Soltani.

Cleet's director says they don't review course materials for the more than 2,500 continuing education courses each year, and the council's approval for accreditation does not imply it condones  what's being taught.

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