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'Nothing went wrong here,' cop rep says, after chief's apology to Muslims
by Dalson Chen
In an unprecedented move, Windsor police chief Gary Smith has publicly apologized to the Muslim community for the "embarrassment" caused by his tactical officers — a move that doesn't sit well with the head of the city's cop union.
"In my belief, this isn't a cultural issue," said Ed Parent, president of the Windsor Police Association and a former tactical officer. "These officers had a warrant to arrest someone. They went in, and they arrested this person.… That's it."
Smith held a news conference at police headquarters Thursday to address concerns about "the cultural sensitivity of Windsor police officers" stemming from arrests on Oct. 31.
Acting on a request by the RCMP and FBI, tactical officers arrested Windsor residents Mohammad Al-Sahli, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30, in connection with a radical Islamic group based in Detroit.
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