On the evening of Thursday, April 2, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck hosted the Department’s biannual Muslim Community Forum at the Getty Museum. Several officials joined Chief Beck for the event, including Assistant United States Attorney Susan J. DeWitt and LAPD Inspector General Alexander Bustamante, along with Muslim community and business leaders and many others.
In his opening remarks, Chief Beck talked about liberties of the individual as a vital cornerstone for American society. Continuing in that vein, he went on to discuss the importance of relationships. “That’s what this forum is about,” said Chief Beck, “making sure we have a relationship [with the community] of trust, openness and frankness.” He emphasized these qualities enable issues to be resolved before they become “unresolvable.”
Chief Beck described an example of the kind of partnership he supports between officers and community members. He believes Muslims, like other citizens, want to understand their local police officers, and the officers, in turn, want to understand the people they serve.
“Just like a cop on the beat stops by a store, stops by a school, to build relationships with those he may need to either help or be helped by in the future; that’s what we do in these forums,” said Chief Beck. “Thank you for being here.”