Hennepin County contains Minneapolis, where a man was convicted earlier this year for lying to a grand jury when he testified he didn’t know two men who had returned to Somalia to join al-Shabab.
In the wake of the Westgate attacks, Hennepin County’s sheriff is worried about his jurisdiction’s large Somali population, as he told the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday.
The sheriff of the county with the largest Somali population in the United States called for federal support to counter recruitment by the Somalia-based terrorist group al Shabaab during a House hearing Oct. 9.
Sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn., told the House Homeland Security Committee that the sheriff’s office would benefit from access to classified federal databases. “This will allow us to connect the dots in real time between local law enforcement sensitive information and classified data,” he said.
He also requested that county officers who serve on the FBI’s Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force be allowed to maintain their security clearances when they return to the sheriff’s office. (excerpt from: Concern over al Shabaab recruiting in the United States )
And here’s a video of Hennepin County’s first Somali deputy.