WEST Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has criticised a racial equality group for ‘misquoting’ and ‘twisting’ his remarks on a BBC2 programme about Islamic terrorists.
Sir Norman appeared on ‘Generation Jihad’ on Monday, a documentary about the emergence of Muslim terrorists in the UK.
Racial equality campaigners JUST said the police chief’s comments served to ‘widen the breach between West Yorkshire’s Muslim communities and public bodies’.
JUST said Mr Bettison’s remarks ‘pander(ed) to the same anti-Muslim discourse which the far-right draw their support from’ and implied the Muslim community was ‘wilfully hiding known extremists in their midst’.
But Sir Norman said: “JUST’s claims are basically twisting the meaning of my words which are actually misquoted.
“I said nothing about a concern of non-co-operation. That’s because I don’t have that concern. The Muslim communities of West Yorkshire are generally appalled by the idea of violence and would generally help the police to deal with anyone in their midst who is committing a criminal offence.
“The most fundamental help that I am looking for is for Muslim communities to talk about the issues and the dangers of radicalisation.
“Viewers of the programme will have seen some good examples of confronting the issues. But you will have also seen examples where this important issue is avoided.
“That’s what I was driving at and to interpret my words as JUST have done is inaccurate and damaging to a cause they claim to champion.”