As we previously noted, two Pakistani-Americans from Lodi, California were arrested for lying to federal investigators about their involvement in terrorist training activities. Muslims in the area have "expressed worries about a possible backlash against their community following the much-publicized arrests of local men on federal charges."
A local California news station is stating, though, that the Lodi mayor, John Beckman, "has tried to balance concerns of terrorism and civil rights." The mayor remarked that "The Pakistani community is part of Lodi" and that there have already been instances of verbal harassment documented against Muslims.
However, in response, Beckman said, "You got a few people who if you look like a Muslim, you're a bad guy. And we don't tolerate that either."
UPDATE: a local California paper is running this article: Backlash feared by some area Muslims.
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