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>> Despite what presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump might say, officials tell Reuters that Muslim Americans do work with law enforcement and report extremist threats. Reuters reporter Kristina Cooke.>> My colleague Joey Ax and I spoke with multiple law enforcement officials. And looked through court records. And what our reporting clearly showed is that the Muslim American community does report suspicious activity to law enforcement and that they do cooperate in investigations.
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One of the law enforcement officials that we spoke with, described the relationship as robust. Another one said, that he'd worked very closely with the Muslim community in setting up a reporting structure that worked for them as well. And as a result of that cooperation, he has received multiple reports personally from the community, several of which have been significant.
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>> Following the mass shooting at Orlando Pulse Nightclub over the weekend, the worse in the country's history, Trump reiterated his stance in a phone interview with CNN.>> The people in the area, the people in the neighborhood. They know there's something off with him. And they don't report them to the police.
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They don't report them to the FBI. People, Muslims where they are. They have to report these people.>> But court documents show several instances of Muslim Americans reporting possible radicalization within their families. Still, there are some challenges. According to a study by Duke University's Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, law enforcement agencies have made progress in establishing the trust of the local Muslim American communities.
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But also found some tensions around whether federal agents sometimes encourage a plot in order to make an arrest.