Monday, March 24, 2014

NJ muslims to appeal court ruling on surveillance

From the Guardian (out of UK):

New Jersey Muslims appeal federal ruling on NYPD surveillance

• Judge William Martini said NYPD activities were lawful
• Attorney: ruling sanctions 'targeted, religious discrimination'

Friday 21 March 2014

A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that determined that the New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.

Attorneys from the groups Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a notice of appeal on Friday in federal court in Newark, challenging the dismissal of a 2012 lawsuit brought by Muslim individuals and organisations who said the NYPD programs constituted unconstitutional surveillance based on religion, national origin and race. The suit had accused the department of spying on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants and schools in New Jersey since 2002.

US district judge William Martini, in dismissing the suit last month, said the NYPD's activities were part of a lawful effort to prevent terrorism...

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