Leftist Diversity Agenda Drove Hiring of Kurdish Refugee Dismissed from Nashville Police Force for Gang Affiliation

Jiyayi Suleyman, a Kurdish refugee resettled in Nashville as a young child with his parents and siblings in 1991, was dismissed from the Metro Nashville Police force after it was discovered that “he lied on his application about who he was” and about his involvement with the Kurdish Pride Gang.

Suleyman became a Metro Nashville police officer in 2012.

His sister Remziya Suleyman, also made her mark in Nashville. Trained by the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), she organized opposition to a 2011 anti-terrorism bill but failed to stop it from being passed into law. Her efforts did, however, result in establishing the American Muslim Advisory Council with assistance from the Haslam administration.

Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean made elevating “new Americans” a priority during his term. Early on he established the New Americans Advisory Council with participation from Conexion Americas and TIRRC. The MyCity Academy program designed to politically empower refugees and immigrants followed.

In 2014, Dean established the Mayor’s Office of New Americans and the Parent Ambassador Program whose volunteers would serve as advisors to Metro schools. Without hesitation Dean praised the self-segregation in “growing enclaves” of new Americans that keep them separated from assimilating into and adapting to the American culture. Many of those Dean referred to during a city celebration were brought to Nashville by federal refugee resettlement contractors:

The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. And today our city is the proud home of the nation’s largest Kurdish population, as well as growing enclaves of immigrants from Somalia, Sudan and all over the world.

Disgraced former mayor Megan Barry expanded Dean’s efforts relying on recommendations from her transition committee whose members included TIRRC trained refugee advocate Kasar Abdulla, Nashville Chamber of Commerce official Debbie Dale Mason, and Renata Soto, executive director of Conexion Americas and board chairman of the National Council of La Raza. Based on the Metro Human Relations Commission Inclucivics report which analyzed the “diversity and equity” of 50 Metro Nashville departments including the Metro Nashville Police Department, the committee recommended appointing and empowering a Chief Diversity Officer in the Mayor’s office.

“Diversity and equity” are considered foundational to social justice movements.

Megan Barry appointed the city’s first diversity officer. She highlighted the deliberate effort of the Metro Nashville Police Department to diversify its ranks, noting that the 2017 class included trainees from countries including Haiti, Brazil, Afghanistan, Serbia, Kurdistan, Ivory Coast and Mexico.

MNPD’s logo “The Colors of Our Community” reflects a popular approach to policing, the goal of which is for police departments to mirror the communities they serve.

When Suleyman joined the Metro Nashville police force in 2012, he was lauded by local media and the Muslim community for becoming the first Kurdish police officer in the city.

Two years into Suleyman’s policing career, a BBC News article featuring “Little Kurdistan” in Nashville, portrayed him as conflicted about his allegiances:

“He patrols Nashville’s toughest neighbourhoods, where Yemenis and other Middle Easterners run many of the shops. He says it would be difficult to police his own neighbours.
‘You then have to face your community saying, ‘Why’d you arrest this young Kurdish guy? Or, why did you do this, why did you do that?'”

According to News4, Suleyman resigned from the Metro police force in March 2018, and is the subject of a criminal investigation stemming from his past and current involvement with the Kurdish Pride Gang:

Police said he lied on his application about who he was and who he hung out with.
Once on the inside, he used the TBI’s computer program to look up fellow gang members which is against the rules…

Investigators said they caught Suleyman associating with other gang members at House of Kabab.
Even after police arrested those gang members for selling drugs and guns they said Suleyman continued to associate with them.

A search warrant revealed pictures of Suleyman flashing gang signs and wearing gang colors before he ever joined the force.

Federal refugee resettlement contractor Catholic Charities of TN brought the first Kurds to Nashville in 1976. They were joined by some Iranian Kurds and then Kurds fleeing Saddam Hussein’s regime. Between refugee resettlement and “secondary migration” Nashville’s Kurdish community is estimated at about 11,000.

In 2007, the Kurdish Pride Gang (KPG) that established itself in Nashville, exposed a different side of the Kurdish community. Police described gang members as “increasingly vicious and brazen” and reputed to deal in guns and drugs. Gang experts warn that gangs made up of people that come from war-torn countries pose a “unique problem” because they are desensitized to violence and dismissive of authority.

Several years ago, Metro police used a new tactic to break the KPG gang. A judge ruled the gang a public nuisance and issued an injunction preventing the gang from gathering together in public places.

Ofc. Suleyman’s sister Remziya who launched a Nashville-based organization called the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO), issued a statement criticizing  police and prosecutorial action against the Kurdish Pride Gang.

Before being forced to resign, Barry tweeted about Suleyman:

MNPD Ofc. Suleyman is one of many refugees who came to Nashville and made our city stronger and safer.

Mayor David Briley has continued the New American initiatives and the “diversity and inclusion” agenda.











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  1. […] in Tennessee but along with helping to establish what former mayor Karl Dean celebrated as “growing enclaves of immigrants” has come Kurdish and Somali gangs from refugee groups brought to the […]

  2. Suzanne A

    Another Megan Barry and Democrat scandal. Enougn of the adulteress and thief felon that is Barry and her deceiving policies

  3. Wolf Woman

    The Islamic community of believers is called the ummah. The ummah is important in Islamic doctrine and is mentioned 49 times in the Koran. Allah in the Koran says Muslims are the best of all religious communities and commands them to always put the ummah first and protect it by any and all means, including deception.

    Here are a few of those verses.

    Koran, 3:110 ““You are the best ummah singled out for mankind: you enjoin what is right [according to Sharia law], forbid what is wrong [according to Sharia law], and believe in Allah.”
    Koran, 9:71 “The believers, men and women, are protectors and supporters one of another.”
    Koran, 21:9 “Verily this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord and Cherisher:
    therefore serve Me (and no other)”
    Koran, 49:10 “The believers are but a single brother­hood so make peace with your brethren”
    Koran 3:103 “Hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. Remember the favor of Allah upon you, when you were enemies and he brought your hearts together and you became brothers by his favor.”

    In Islam, the non-Muslim is called a Kafir. Here’s what Allah says about the Kafir:
    Koran, 40:35 “They [Kafirs] who dispute the signs [Koran verses] of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers [Muslims]. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart.”
    A Kafir can be mocked–
    Koran, 83:34 “On that day the faithful will mock the Kafirs, while they sit on bridal couches and watch them. Should not the Kafirs be paid back for what they did?”
    A Kafir can be beheaded—
    Koran, 47:4 “When you encounter the Kafirs on the battlefield, cut off their heads until you have thoroughly defeated them and then take the prisoners and tie them up firmly.
    A Kafir can be plotted against—
    Koran, 86:15 “They plot and scheme against you [Mohammed], and I plot and scheme against them. Therefore, deal calmly with the Kafirs and leave them alone for a while.”
    A Kafir can be terrorized—
    Koran, 8:12 “Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, “I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the Kafirs’ hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers!”
    A Muslim is not the friend of a Kafir—
    Koran, 3:28 “Believers should not take Kafirs as friends in preference to other believers. Those who do this will have none of Allah’s protection and will only have themselves as guards. Allah warns you to fear Him for all will return to Him.”
    A Kafir is evil—
    Koran, 23:97 “And say: Oh my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the suggestions of the evil ones [Kafirs]. And I seek refuge with you, my Lord, from their presence.”

    If a good Muslim follows the commandments of Allah in the Koran, how can he or she be entrusted with a job in the field of Kafir law enforcement?

    From the Koran, 3:110: “You [Muslims] are the best nation brought out for Mankind, commanding what is righteous (معروف Ma’rūf, lit. “recognized [as good]”) [according to Sharia law] and forbidding what is wrong (منكر Munkar, lit. “recognized [as evil]”) [including the ideas and laws of the Kafir].

  4. Dan Meredith

    Once again, the left speaks with raging contradictions! On the one hand they establish a Mayor’s Office of New Americans… Add at the same time they continually remind us that “we are all immigrants”. You can’t have it both ways folks, either these people are separate and apart from us and are to be treated differently or they are the same… And deserve nothing more than any other American… If you want them to be considered “as the rest of us”, then treat them “as the rest of us”… Is the government treats them as a foreign entity moving within our society, then do not be surprised when citizens consider them as such. We see no organizations for Irish immigrants or Catholic integration.

  5. ron stone

    Suicide on the taxpayers dollar.