Mayor Bloomberg Blasts Use Of Anti-Islam Movie During NYPD Training
CHRIS HAWLEY 01/24/12 07:06 PM ET AP
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that New York police used "terrible judgment" in showing counterterrorism trainees a documentary-style film that says Muslim extremists are masquerading as moderates to destroy America from within.
Bloomberg said police have stopped showing officers "The Third Jihad," a 72-minute movie that has been branded inflammatory by some Muslim organizations and was produced by a conservative group called the Clarion Fund.
"Somebody exercised some terrible judgment," he said in Albany. "As soon as they found out about it, they stopped it."
The criticism was unusual for Bloomberg, who in recent months has vigorously defended the police department's counterterrorism efforts after an Associated Press investigation exposed a secret program to gather intelligence on Muslim neighborhoods.