- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s police department is pledging to improve communication with the city’s Muslim community following the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Muslim cab driver.

Chief Cameron McLay made the announcement during a Saturday meeting at Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. He says the Nov. 26 shooting highlighted that his department needs to build trust with the Muslim community.

He says “there was a great deal of speculation” about the crime’s motive and his department’s response.

The driver, a Moroccan immigrant, was shot in the back and is recovering. Anthony Mohamed faces charges including aggravated assault. Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Mohamed.

The crime is being looked at as a hate crime.

McLay says his initiative will include officer training on cultural issues and having a city liaison work with the Islamic center.

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