The American Civil Liberties Union and some 120 other organizations on Thursday formally asked the Justice Department to investigate the New York City Police Department for alleged civil rights abuses.
The civil rights, faith, community, and advocacy groups are urging DoJ's Civil Rights Division to probe what the critics are calling NYPD's "discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities."
The letter states:
"As shown by the NYPD’s own documents, for over a decade, the Department has engaged in unlawful religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance of Muslims in New York City (and
beyond). This surveillance is based on the false and unconstitutional premise, reflected in the NYPD’s published “radicalization” theory, that Muslim religious belief, practices, and
community engagement are grounds for law enforcement scrutiny."
The request for an investigation is the latest fallout from the revelations about the monitoring of Muslims, first made through an Associated Press series. A federal lawsuit has also been filed previously.