Muslims Honor Ray Kelly at Farewell Event

NEW YORK -

From reading Associated Press and New York Times dispatches, one may

consider outgoing Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly an outcast among the city’s Muslim population.

That was debunked Monday when the Muslim Advisory Council presented the city’s top cop with a plaque for working closely with Muslims even as he recreated the NYPD into the nation’s largest anti-terror police force, the New York Post reported.

The Associated Press revealed in 2011, in a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, that the NYPD had been spying on Muslim restaurants, mosques and community centers through the tri-state area in a bid to uncover potential terror plots.

Following reports of tensions between Kelly and the Muslim community, the council was formed to improve relations.

In honoring Kelly, the council said the outreach program should be a “model” for other cities. It specifically cited the NYPD’s sports leagues and the fact that they actively recruited Muslims.