August 24, 2016 4:16 pm -

The New York Police Department investigated Muslim groups and monitored Muslims without permission for five years, according to an inspector general’s report just released.

Report authors who looked at sample cases between 2010 and 2015 found that of the cases involving “NYPD’s compliance with specific investigative rules,” 95 percent of them were investigations of individuals who were “associated with Muslims and/or engaged in political activity that those individuals associated with Islam.” The revelation came in a footnote section of the 64-page report, which also found that investigators repeatedly broke rules governing investigations and illegally extended the time it took to look into matters.


More than half the time, investigations continued even after the NYPD didn’t renew authorization, the report found. The use of human sources — such as confidential informants and undercover officers — continued for an average of a month after authorization expired. The NYPD also failed to describe the role of undercover officers or confidential informants. And while officials were sometimes able to explain why they needed to open new cases, the department repeatedly failed to “articulate the reasons why the investigation is continuing.”



D.B. Hirsch
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