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125 groups urge probe of NYPD treatment of Muslims

October 24, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Civil Liberties Union says 125 organizations have written a letter asking for a federal civil rights investigation into the New York Police Department.

Groups including Muslim, Jewish and Christian organizations and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sent the letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, urging a review of the police department’s treatment of Muslims.

The Justice Department has said previously it was continuing to review complaints received from Muslims and their supporters after a series of Associated Press stories revealed widespread surveillance of Muslims.

The groups say in their letter that the police department has engaged in “unlawful religious profiling and suspicion-less surveillance.”

The NYPD has said repeatedly it does not profile and its programs are legal.

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