|ACLU, NY Muslims Sue NYPD Over Surveillance|
|Civil Rights - Civil Rights|
|Written by Wafa Jawad|
|Saturday, 13 July 2013 01:26|
The American Civil Liberties Union, along with other civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on June 18, 2013 against the New York City Police Department for allegedly violating the civil rights of New York Muslims through their surveillance program.
Following the events of September 11th, the NYPD embarked on a domestic surveillance program that monitored Muslim citizens. Masajid were monitored as early as 2005 and in August 2011, the Associated Press documented police surveillance of Muslims living in New York. The NYPD infiltrated Muslim institutions such as masajid and Muslim Student Associations, causing suspicion and distrust towards Muslim citizens, according to the ACLU.
The lawsuit challenges that the surveillance program violated the right to equal protection under the law and the right for all citizens to freely practice their religion without fear or discrimination.
Three religious community leaders, two masajid and a charitable organization are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They claim they’ve been affected by the surveillance program. The lawsuit also alleges the NYPD monitored the conversations of Muslim citizens and religious leaders.