NY Groups Gather to Oppose King's Muslim Hearing

June 14, 2011 - 10:59 AM

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of several New York organizations are protesting the next round of hearings by Rep. Peter King on what he calls the radicalization of the Muslim-American community.

King has scheduled a Wednesday hearing in Washington focusing on U.S. prisons.

A coalition of civil rights, religious and interfaith groups met Tuesday on New York's Long Island. They're decrying what they say is the stereotyping of both Muslims and prisoners.

Representatives included an imam who works as a chaplain in a county jail on Long Island. He said he has seen no evidence of terrorist recruitment at the jail.

Groups also protested in March, when King held the first hearing on the topic.

The New York congressman, who heads the Homeland Security Committee, plans to call law enforcement experts to testify Wednesday.