ADC Supports Lawsuit Against NYPD for Muslim Spying Program
Civil Rights Group Asks Court to Address Constitutionality of NYPD Spying Program
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | June 6, 2012 -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today announced their support for a recent lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's well-publicized spying programs on the New York Muslim and Arab communities. The lawsuit against the NYPD- filed by the civil rights group Muslim Advocates- details countless acts of invasive and discriminatory spying authorized by NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and which has also been publicly supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the past.
The lawsuit called Hassan, et al. v. City of New York directly "challenges the unconstitutional and discriminatory surveillance program conducted by the New York Police Department" against the city's Muslim and Arab communities. According to Muslim Advocates, the first legal challenge against the NYPD detailed in the lawsuit is for intrusive practices targeting American Muslims and this lawsuit seeks a court injunction to immediately end the unlawful surveillance and the purging of secret files maintained by the NYPD.
"American is not safer when we spend valuable law enforcement resources on investigating the innocent multitudes rather than identifying the guilty few," said Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) in a statement supporting the legal challenge. "This lawsuit is a thoughtful, sensible step toward bringing law enforcement practices back into line with constitutional protections and the standards of good policing."
In a statement today, ADC Legal Director Abed Ayoub said: "The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) supports the lawsuit filed against the New York Police Department challenging the constitutionality of the well-publicized NYPD spying program against the Muslim and Arab communities in New York. There should be no minority community in America- regardless of race, religion or nationality- wh