New York Police Department Defends Spying On Muslims
The NYPD says it’s following the Constitution, in spite of what civil rights lawyers say.
Police spokesman Paul Browne commented in a statement Monday. It came after civil rights lawyers claimed in court papers that the police department had resumed now-banned tactics it used against anti-war demonstrators in the 1960s and 1970s.
Civil rights lawyers say the NYPD has subjected the Muslim community to “widespread and intense” surveillance, including where they eat, shop and worship.
They seek a court order against further surveillance of Muslims without evidence of crimes. Browne said terrorists have tried to attack the city at least 16 times since Sept. 11, 2001.