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Amid the ongoing scandal over NYPD surveillance of Muslims and Muslim student associations, one group has had enough.A New Jersey-based Muslim group filed the first-ever lawsuit Wednesday against the New York Police Department that directly attacks its surveillance activity, the Associated Press reported.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have defended the practices of the police ever since this issue came up.
The plaintiffs argue that the surveillance is based solely on religion and not any potential threat, CBS reports.
“This surveillance, this spying, without question, was unjustified … and it was definitely, without doubt, an invasion of our civil, human and our constitutional rights,” Abdul Kareem Muhammad, an Imam at one of New Jersey’s mosques, told CBS.
The NYPD did not respond to the AP’s requests for comment. However, the NYPD has previously pointed out that New Jersey’s top attorney gave their surveillance the green light, the AP reported.
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