“Officers” of New York’s Muslim Community Patrol & Services (MCP&S) became embroiled in a heated exchange with notoriously violent Blood gang members outside the Masjid Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York earlier this month.
MCP&S is a nonprofit security organization that drew nationwide attention last year after rolling out police-cruiser-like vehicles in New York City with the stated goal of enforcing Sharia law on Muslims and non-Muslims.
The Bloods are a violent African-American street gang known for trafficking drugs and guns. The criminal organization has made national headlines with targeted assassinations, drive-by shootings and deadly gun battles with law enforcement.
The Dec. 10 verbal altercation began in the evening when a teenage boy allegedly “disrespected” a Muslim woman outside the Brooklyn mosque on Fulton Street. The boy did not touch the woman, bystanders say, but did speak to her.
An MCP&S member, after hearing “disrespectful” words, grabbed the teen by the collar and threw him against the gate of the Masjid Taqwa. While the boy was pressed firmly against the fence, the MCP&S member held him by the neck and lectured him.
“That MCP officer snatched that boy up,” one witness said. “He grabbed him by the collar and threw him up against the gate and held onto him by the neck area.”
The rebuke caused the boy to complain to his father, a senior member of the local Bloods. The father rallied six other Blood members to join him at the Masjid Taqwa, where at least one Blood brandished a weapon.
“One of them was strapped,” a witness said of a Blood member who had a firearm. “He raised his jacket and flashed that gun. Those dudes came out there to shoot up that Masjid. The father, he wanted to mess that MCP officer up.”
The father told the MCP&S officer, “Dude, I’m going to bust in your f—— mouth if you ever put your hands on my child again.”
Fearing for his safety, the MCP&S officer called for backup. Soon several other MCP&S patrol cars arrived with sirens screaming and lights flashing.
Witnesses reported mutual shouting as the Bloods confronted the MCP&S officer, who was quickly shoved into the mosque by his comrades in an effort to protect him.
“It was going to be something big out there,” one witness said. “The Bloods were shouting, ‘You all are running around here playing like you’re the real police. You all want to put your hands on these little kids. We don’t give a f— about your Masjid. F— your Masjid.”
Some bystanders also reportedly taunted the MCP&S officers, shouting, “Put your hands on me! Come on, put your hands on me!”
As tensions rose, an NYPD patrol unit arrived and used its loudspeaker to tell the two arguing factions to “disperse” and to “keep it moving.”
One witness familiar with the Bloods said, “These Blood dudes in Brooklyn are one of the harder core Bloods over there. So those MCP officers are going to get some beef.”
As the Bloods dispersed, one Blood member turned and told the MCP&S officers, “This is not over. It’s just begun.”