Bronx Officials Reach Out to Bangladeshi Community

Serazulislam Khan (right) speaks at a forum in Norwood intended to engage the growing Bangladeshi community. (Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Serazulislam Khan (right) speaks at a forum in Norwood intended to engage the growing Bangladeshi community. (Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

In an effort to bridge the gap between the Bronx’s burgeoning Bangladeshi community and borough police and officials, community activist Aldo Perez organized a meeting in Norwood in which some 24 members of the community met with representatives from the NYPD, district attorney’s office, local community board 7 and other city departments.

In reporting on the forum for Norwood News, David Cruz writes, “Reaching out to the group has proven problematic as many prefer to keep to themselves.” Perez offered an example.

During the meeting, the local 52nd Precinct’s commanding officer, Inspector Nilda Hofmann, said that no bias crimes have been reported.

But Perez, a Puerto Rican Muslim, stressed to the Norwood News that bias incidents within the 52nd Precinct are underreported since many Bangladeshis are too scared to speak to the police, having experiences with authorities in their native country. “They don’t want to air out their problems. They rather handle them internally,” said Perez, shortly after the meeting. “But with incidents like this, they need to air them out publicly.”

Go to Norwood News for more on the meeting.

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