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Rep. Ellison: Communication Key in Communities Affected by Attacks

By    |   Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:31 PM

Rep. Keith Ellison said communication is vital in the aftermath of attacks committed by members of the community, such as the stabbing attack by Dahir Adan, a member of Minnesota's Somali refugee community.

Ellison appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program to discuss the aftermath of the attack at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall.

"We've got to stay close to our basic values as Americans," Ellison said. "That means law enforcement should stay in close communication with the community. … Chief Blair Anderson made it very clear that he thinks that wide open communication, making sure people know that they can access their public servants like him, is the real key to making sure we know what's going on and we get some sort of early alert is any early alert to be had."

While an ISIS media outlet claimed responsibility, a terror link to the attack is not known.

"I think it's important to just follow the evidence where it leads," Ellison said.

The community is working together after the attacks that injured 10, Ellison said.

"People in the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, in the interfaith community are coming together, making sure that people don't turn on each other, and understand that we have to build a wall against these horrible, atrocious people who would commit these horrible acts. And the community is trying to heal."

"We're not going to let these terrorists pull us apart," Ellison said.

The Minnesota Democrat said the Somali community is "full of great people."

"It's important not to demonize the community because the community is full of great people who contribute to this community in multiple ways," Ellison said. "We just had a Somali-American woman get elected to our state Legislature, by people who were mostly not Somali."

He said the Somali community "wants to share what they know so they can help keep our community safe."

In that same interview segment, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, compared the bombing incident in New York to the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Schiff said that in both cases there was travel to "Afghanistan, Pakistan, or both."

Schiff asked, "Was he radicalized during that travel?"

He added that there were "still a lot of unanswered questions, probably the most pressing is whether he acted alone. That is obviously something law enforcement is pursuing as vigorously as possible."

The Congressman, a Democrat, criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying that the attacker will be provided "amazing hospitalization" and called it a "sad situation."

"These statements the candidates make, and in particular, Trump has been making, can be deeply damaging to our anti-terrorism effort," Schiff said.

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Rep. Keith Ellison said communication is vital in the aftermath of attacks committed by members of the community, such as the stabbing attack by Dahir Adan, a member of Minnesota's Somali refugee community. Ellison appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program to discuss the...
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