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31 Jan, 2014

Judge Orders NYPD To Begin Turning Over anti-Muslim Spying Documents

A federal judge has ordered New York City to begin a process to hand over investigative documents from the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims as part of a long-running lawsuit.

In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Haight, Jr. said there was a “manifest” need for further legal discovery, which could bolster the plaintiffs’ claim that the NYPD has engaged in discriminatory surveillance of Muslims.

“The Muslim community is concerned about the attentions being paid to it by the NYPD. That concern is natural and reasonable,” Haight found.

Haight’s order comes as part of a still-open lawsuit launched in 1971 against the NYPD’s investigation of anti-Vietnam War activists and Black Panthers.

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