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Muslims sue N.Y.C.

Hassan et al. v. City of New York is the first legal challenge to the New York City Police Department's alleged spying and profiling of Muslims in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

Calling it a violation of First Amendment rights, complainants seek an "immediate end" to the program that has reportedly kept tabs on them and their prayer habits. City officials and NYPD members have voiced their support for the program. NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told Religion News Service the program was "lawful and appropriate ... (and meant) to prevent terrorists from returning here to kill more New Yorkers."

Lead plaintiff Farhaj Hassan, an active U.S. Army National Guardsman who served in Iraq, said he was sad to be seen "as a suspect because of the way I pray."


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