NJ Muslims Sue Over NYPD Surveillance; Expert: Must Prove Injury


Calling the New York Police Department's spy operations unconstitutional and discriminatory, a group of New Jersey Muslims will be the first to file a legal challenge over the years-long surveillance operation targeting Muslim-owned businesses and houses of worship, reports the Newark Stasr-Ledger. “What makes America great is that everyone is treated equally under the law. These plaintiffs are ordinary citizens going about their lives who law enforcement spied on simply because of their faith,” said Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates.

In response, New York police spokesman Paul Browne cited a report by the New Jersey Attorney General that police activities in New Jersey were lawful, appropriate and in keeping with efforts [ ] to prevent terrorists from returning here to kill more New Yorkers.” Frank Askin, a Rutgers-Newark law professor and an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, said the lawsuit “would need to show more specific injury than a mere chilling affect on speech.” Askin said plaintiffs will “have to show some injury.” He said plaintiffs must prove at police actions have done more to them than simply curtail their freedom to speak about various topics.

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