NYC set­tles law­suits over Mus­lim sur­veil­lance

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — Two high-pro­file law­suits ac­cus­ing the New York Po­lice Depart­ment of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Mus­lims with il­le­gal sur­veil­lance have been set­tled. The set­tle­ment was an­nounced Thurs­day by civil rights lawyers and at­tor­neys for the city. The civil rights lawyers said the deal re­quires the NYPD to mod­ify guide­lines to pro­hibit in­ves­ti­ga­tions based on race, re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity. It also in­stalls an in­de­pen­dent civil­ian rep­re­sen­ta­tive on a spe­cial com­mit­tee that re­views ter­ror­ism and other confidential in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Po­lice of­fi­cials say the set­tle­ment for­mal­izes safe­guards that were al­ready in place. They say the depart­ment wasn’t forced to ad­mit it did any­thing wrong.

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