FBI reaches out to local Muslims at youth conference

May 14, 2011 3:20:18 PM PDT
With so much focus and suspicion on Islamic extremists, the FBI wants to make sure young Muslims in New York City don't think they're considered the enemy.

Hundreds attended an FBI/Muslim youth conference at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Organizers say they want to establish a sincere and transparent relationship between the young Muslims and law enforcement.

"We're trying to make them understand what it is that [the FBI and law enforcement] do, not just coming and arresting people," said organizer Mohammed Razvi.

More than 500 young Muslims attended the event from schools in all 5 boroughs.

Timothy Flannelly from the FBI said, "They too have career and future opportunities, not only in government and public service, but law enforcement too if they choose."