AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say extremists, like ISIS, do not represent Muslims and that APD officers stand with the city’s Muslim community. Police Chief Art Acevedo hosted a news conference Tuesday morning. He says he’s committed to fostering better relationships with Muslims, adding that they should not be afraid to express their rights.
“I am here to tell you that this police department stands with your rights — your right to freedom of religion of speech … everything that’s in the constitution,” said Acevedo.
Acevedo says there are various programs the department already has to reach out to Muslims. This comes after last week’s protests during Texas Muslim Capitol Day and comments by Republican State Rep. Molly White on Facebook, instructing her staffers to have Muslim visitors renounce Islamic terror groups and pledge allegiance to the United States.