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June 27, 2013 -- Despite the strenuous objections of New York City’s mayor and police commissioner, New York City Council passed two major bills last night that should strengthen and broaden protections against racial profiling and provide independent oversight of the New York Police Department.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (c) 202.557.4291
June 24, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- Rights Working Group urges New York City Council members to vote in favor of a package of bills, the Community Safety Act, aimed at ending discriminatory policing in New York.
WASHINGTON,D.C., June 20, 2013 – The New York Police Department (NYPD), already facing a federal civil rights lawsuit for its racially discriminatory use of stop and frisk policies, is now being challenged for another form of profiling the department engages in: discriminatory surveillance of Muslim communities.
On Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU and CUNY’s CLEAR Project filed the suit in federal court in Brooklyn, charging the NYPD of violating religious freedom and constitutional guarantees of equal protection of the law.
"It all started in 2007, when I was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD car for no reason. I was arrested for a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. At the precinct, they sent a plainclothes Pakistani detective to interview me about my travels, my associations, and my religious and political beliefs.
On Father's Day, forty thousand people marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been shown to lead to racial profiling.