Auckland Muslims have few problems with police

South Asian Muslims living in Auckland reported feeling safe and secure but some said they had received “prejudicial treatment” in their dealings with New Zealand police because of their ethnicity.

In the research for an AUT University study on ethnicity and policing, all but one of the 16 people interviewed by researchers Sameer Nisar and Edwina Pio for the study were Muslims.

“Overall, the participants revealed that they felt safe and secure in New Zealand, particularly in their contact with the police. They reported that they had never been profiled or stopped due to their affiliations with Islam.”

This was described as “very positive”, and the report noted that Muslims in many other Western nations, such as the United States and Britain, often claimed to be targeted by police there because of their affiliations to Islam.


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