Federal court asked to halt NYPD surveillance of Muslims
By Rizwan Khatik - Tue Feb 05, 3:15 pm
New York (Reuters) Civil rights attorneys on Monday asked a federal court in Manhattan to order the New York Police Department to halt its surveillance of Muslims not suspected of unlawful activity.
Police surveillance of New York Muslims at restaurants, bookstores and mosques has been “widespread and intense,” the attorneys wrote in their motion.
They sought an injunction against the NYPD to stop the tactics and asked that a monitor be appointed to oversee the department.
“The NYPD supposes that because an organization is connected with Islam, therefore it is suspect,” wrote the five attorneys for the plaintiffs in court papers filed with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.