NYC and Muslim groups announce civil rights case settlement

April 05, 2018 - 11:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and Muslim groups have reached a settlement of litigation accusing the city's police department of spying on Muslims.

The deal was announced Thursday by the city, Islamic community leaders and their lawyers.

Last month, Judge William Martini in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, gave both sides 60 days to finalize the settlement.

The suit was filed in 2012 following reports by The Associated Press that revealed how the NYPD infiltrated Muslim student groups and put informants in mosques as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

The effort crossed state lines into New Jersey, where the department collected intelligence on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants and schools starting in 2002, the AP reported.

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