The police agreed to shut down surveillance program, created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
Defenders of the rights of American Muslims and the police Department of new York entered into a settlement agreement in the lawsuit filed in 2012.
The lawsuit was filed after publications in the media on the outcome of police reports new York city for 2011-2012, according to which after the terrorist attacks on 9 September 2001, the police took root in the Muslim structure, but also encouraged informants.
Police were conducting surveillance of the 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 shops, two schools and two associations of Muslim students in the state of new Jersey.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Office of the new York police has disbanded the Department responsible for operations, intelligence gathering, and agreed not to conduct surveillance to identify suspicious activity on the grounds of religion and ethnicity.
According to Farhani kehr, Executive Director of the Organization for the protection of the rights of Muslims, which was the initiator of the lawsuit, the settlement agreement is a victory for American Muslims: “This is a message to all law enforcement officers, that being Muslim is not grounds for surveillance.”
This approach, according to human rights activists has a negative impact on communities, and unnecessarily demeans and kriminalisiert representatives of certain groups.