NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday threw out a civil rights lawsuit that challenged the New York City Police Department's surveillance operations that targeted Muslims.
Judge William Martini ruled on Thursday that the plaintiffs hadn't shown that the NYPD's intelligence unit had discriminated against them with its surveillance of Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey.
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the ruling could give the green light to spying on Muslims anywhere in the country. The city's Law Department had no immediate comment.
The 2012 suit was the first to challenge the NYPD's surveillance programs chronicling life in entire Muslim neighborhoods.
The surveillance was the subject of series of stories by The Associated Press that revealed the NYPD intelligence division infiltrated dozens of mosques and Muslim student groups and investigated hundreds.
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