End Of NYPD Muslim Surveillance Program Applauded

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by NYPD officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

The NYPD said Tuesday it had disbanded the surveillance program and that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the division.

An ongoing review of the Demographics Unit by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton found that the same information collected by the unit could be better collected through direct contact with community groups, officials said.

“This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in…

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