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Texas regulation enforcement company rescinds accreditation for anti-Muslim determine


On Could 16, the Texas Fee on Legislation Enforcement (TCOLE) rescinded the regulation enforcement accreditation it beforehand afforded to Guandolo, after reviewing a presentation he gave at a regulation enforcement convention on Could four in San Angelo, Texas, which it discovered to be “regarding” and of “no coaching worth.”

The choice by TCOLE, a state regulatory company overseeing regulation enforcement coaching curriculum, comes after a number of civil rights teams raised issues about Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group, Understanding the Menace (UTT). These organizations, together with Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Legislation Heart, wrote a joint letter requesting TCOLE rescind UTT’s regulation enforcement accreditation.

The transfer by Texas authorities follows comparable findings by regulation enforcement businesses in Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, and Virginia, which have re-evaluated their choice to permit personnel to attend UTT seminars, in some circumstances deciding to supply no credit score for coaching offered by UTT.   

Since founding UTT after his resignation from the FBI, Guandolo’s so-called “teachings” have been nothing greater than a litany of conspiracy theories and anti-Muslim bigotry, saying that each one Muslim teams in America “share the identical ideology as ISIS” and intend to “overthrow America and set up Islamic regulation.” He has falsely claimed that Muslim Pupil Associations at faculties and universities throughout the nation are “factors of recruitment in America for the Muslim Brotherhood and jihad.”

Guandolo additionally firmly believes American Muslims shouldn’t be entitled to the identical First Modification rights as different US residents, saying mosques shouldn’t be afforded the identical constitutional protections as church buildings however as a substitute handled like international navy bases.       

The Could 16 announcement by TCOLE is the newest of a number of latest damaging headlines for Guandolo and UTT. A scheduled talking tour within the Midwest imploded final April after a number of cancellations. Final March, Guandolo falsely claimed on Twitter {that a} Southwest Airways worker was a “jihadi,” which drew a agency rebuke from the airline. In 2017, Guandolo bought in a bodily altercation with a Minnesota sheriff at a regulation enforcement convention in Reno, Nevada, which led to a restraining order in opposition to him.

Muslim Advocates applauded the choice by TCOLE, releasing a press release which mentioned, partially: “These occasions haven’t any coaching worth and, in actual fact, undermine the power of regulation enforcement officers to do their jobs successfully…TCOLE’s actions right this moment ship an vital message to different regulation enforcement businesses that Guandolo’s seminars are harmful and must be rejected.” 




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