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NY judge asked to bar police monitoring of Muslims

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers are asking a federal judge to stop New York City police from monitoring Muslims as part of counterterrorism efforts.

The lawyers argued at a hearing Tuesday that the practice violates rules known as the Handschu guidelines.

A lawyer for the city countered that the NYPD is careful to comply with the guidelines restricting how police conduct surveillance.

The hearing stems from papers filed in February. They ask for a court order against further surveillance of Muslims without evidence of crimes.

The papers also call for a new court-appointed auditor to oversee police activities that it says were "flagrant and persistent."

The original claim, named for lead plaintiff Barbara Handschu, challenged surveillance used against war protesters in the 1960s and '70s.

 
 

 

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