Some of Sacramento's top cops joined forces with local Muslim leaders Thursday to battle would-be terrorists and prevent anti-Muslim backlash in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino.

The community roundtable hosted by Sacramento U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner was part of a nationwide interagency initiative, "Combating Religious Discrimination Today," launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 11 federal districts. The roundtable was held to help encourage the community to report hate crimes and religious discrimination in schools, work places and neighborhoods.

As Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz talk about banning Muslim immigrants or sending police into Muslim American neighborhoods looking for terrorists, the need to protect American Muslim civil rights is greater than ever, several forum members said.

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