U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger asked Somali-Americans Saturday to trust him as he works to improve conditions in their community that might help prevent young people from being radicalized.
A town hall meeting at the Phillips Community Center in south Minneapolis was the first between Luger and the Somali community since federal authorities charged six men with trying to join ISIS in Syria.
Luger received a generally polite but sometimes testy reception at the forum. But many Somalis are concerned about entrapment in light of the government's use of a paid informant in its investigation.
Increased investment in
"We're going to
"We don't trust you," Hassan told Luger. "That's why we don't consider you as partners. We need the money. But we don't want you dishing out the money."
Luger defended the FBI. "We don't set people up," he said.