Lawyers seek info on police unit that eyed Muslims
Washington: US civil liberties groups are
asking a judge to force the New York Police Department to turn over documents about its efforts to spy on and infiltrate the Muslim community.
The documents filed in federal court in Manhattan are based largely on reporting from The Associated Press that
showed police monitoring all aspects of daily life in Muslim
Documents showed that plainclothes officers were being
dispatched to eavesdrop inside businesses. Hundreds of mosques
were investigated. Dozens were infiltrated. And police
maintained a list of 28 countries that, along with "American
Black Muslim," were labeled "ancestries of interest."
Lawyers said that could violate a longstanding court order
prohibiting the department from maintaining information on
people not involved with criminal activity. The department did
not immediately respond to a message for comment.
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