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US Muslims: Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance

22:30  05 april  2018
22:30  05 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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New York City has reached a settlement giving Muslims a say in police training and policies, and the city agreed to pay mosques and businesses who said they were illegally targeted for surveillance because of their religion, Muslim groups said Thursday.

Published April 5, 2018. Muslims : Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance . NEW YORK – Muslim leaders and their lawyers say a settlement of legal claims that the New York City Police Department illegally spied on Muslims empowers them to prevent future abuse.

File photograph of an NYPD police officer standing outside of his vehicle in New York City. © Reuters: Eduardo Munoz File photograph of an NYPD police officer standing outside of his vehicle in New York City. NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks.

A deal announced Thursday by the city and the Islamic community also calls for the city to pay $75,000 in damages and nearly $1 million in legal fees. And it ensures surveillance in New Jersey will follow rules defined in another landmark civil rights case.

Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Baher Azmy says the deal protects an increasingly empowered Muslim community.

The agreement resolved a 2012 suit in Newark, New Jersey, after The Associated Press revealed how the NYPD infiltrated Muslim student groups and put informants in mosques to try to prevent terrorist attacks.

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