By Jim Kouri
“If anyone needs oversight it’s the liberal-left dominated city council. What was historically a citizens group who volunteered their time to help the city and its people has evolved into a full-time career for party hacks and second-rate politicians,” said an angry former police detective, now working in the court system.
NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities in New York and New Jersey was also condemned by critics who claim it constitutes racial profiling.
Last week, Muslims living in northern New Jersey announced that they had filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of mosques, businesses, universities and other locations as part of its anti-terrorism program.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Newark (Essex County), New Jersey, on behalf of a number of Muslim-American organizations, Muslim-owned businesses, and individual members of the Islamic community, according to a national Muslim group.
The group — Muslim Advocates — said in a statement: “Today, a diverse group of American Muslim plaintiffs filed a lawsuit to end the New York City Police Department’s invasive and discriminatory spying program. The suit, filed by Muslim Advocates, the leading national legal advocacy group working to defend the civil liberties of American Muslims, details countless acts of invasive and discriminatory spying authorized by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.”
While the NYPD’s surveillance operation outraged the members of the New York-New Jersey Muslim communities, it is supported by the majority of residents, according to recent polls. A Quinnipiac Poll revealed that 62 percent of New Jersey voters said the NYPD’s focus on Muslims was appropriate, 18 percent said it was unfair and 20 percent did not express an opinion. Republicans supported it 83-8 percent, Democrats by 44-27 percent, and independents by 64-17 percent.