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Muslim group urges district attorney to cancel training

5 months 1 week 5 days ago Sunday, March 05 2017 Mar 5, 2017 March 05, 2017 11:17 AM March 05, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: KALB

ALEXANDRIA - A Muslim civil rights group is urging a Louisiana district attorney to cancel a training seminar on investigating "jihadi operations" in the U.S., calling it biased and a misuse of taxpayer money.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell's office said in a statement Thursday that it was "surprised at the objections" to this week's training seminar in Alexandria. The statement suggests the three-day seminar will proceed as planned.

In a letter to Terrell on Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said a group founded by former FBI agent John Guandolo is offering the training. CAIR's letter calls Guandolo a "notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist."

Guandolo declined to be interviewed.

The total cost to conduct the seminar is $12,500. Terrell's office says approximately 180 law enforcement officials are registered.

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