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Plan to Map L.A.'s Muslims Sparks Outrage

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Plan to Map L.A.'s Muslims Sparks Outrage

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Plan to Map L.A.'s Muslims Sparks Outrage

Plan to Map L.A.'s Muslims Sparks Outrage

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The Los Angeles Police Department is defending a plan to map Muslim communities in the city. Some critics are calling it racial profiling.

Robert Siegel talks with LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing about the controversial new counter-terrorism plan. It identifies where Pakistanis, Chechens and Iranians live. The department says it needs the maps to figure out why some communities are more susceptible to "violent, ideologically based extremism."

The move has outraged Muslim community leaders.

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