A coalition of New York Muslims boycotted the NYPD's annual Pre-Ramadan Conference, which gathered community members with police in Downtown Manhattan on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the month-long observance.

Several Muslim community organizations, religious leaders and civil rights advocates decided to boycott the function, saying there is a lack of transparency, accountability and respect on behalf of the NYPD.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Muslims who did attend the event said despite any differences, it is important to maintain open communication.

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