Although there were attempts to ban him, the leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma attended a law enforcement seminar.
News9.com reports that Adam Soltani, director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, initially was told he could not register for Friday’s seminar entitled “Iran, Hezbollah and the Drug Cartels: Counterterrorism Considerations.”
However, Soltani was not stopped from entering the event, which took place in the House of Representatives’ chamber and was sponsored by the House’s Counterterrorism Caucus. Soltani was apparently turned away from the House chamber, but he and others entered the gallery to watch the proceedings.
Soltani had tried on Friday to register and pay to attend the seminar, but was told the seminar was full, according to Tulsa World. Organizers initially put out a release saying the seminar was for law enforcement agents and was open to the public, but later said the part regarding the public was in error.
Soltani had previously criticized the seminar, saying some of the speakers were anti-Muslim and questioned why police participants were able to get Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training continuing education credit for attending.
Following a session at the seminar, Soltani said the content appeared to be skewed toward anti-Muslim bias and did not contain much information of substance that could be beneficial to state law enforcement officers or agencies.