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Lawsuit Filed Against NYPD For Muslim Surveillance Program

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
June 18, 2013

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Imam Hamid Hassan Raza Addresses Supporters

A group of Muslim New Yorkers has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York challenging the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit accuses the city of violating their freedom of religion and denying them equal protection under the law. The suit details the routine surveillance of Muslims in mosques, restaurants, and even college campuses. One of the plaintiffs, Imam Hamid Hassan Raza, says his congregation has declined as a result of the spying program.

“Our Mosque should be an open and religious and spiritual sanctuary but NYPD spying has turned it into a place of suspicion and censorship.”

The suit is asking for all surveillance records to be destroyed and for a court appointed monitor for the NYPD.

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