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Religious groups urge civil rights probe into NYPD surveillance of Muslims
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:49 PM EDT
The New York Civil Liberties Union says 125 organizations have written a letter asking for a federal civil rights investigation into the New York Police Department.
The Justice Department has said previously it was continuing to review complaints received from Muslims and their supporters after a series of Associated Press stories revealed widespread surveillance of Muslims.
The groups say in their letter that the police department has engaged in "unlawful religious profiling and suspicion-less surveillance."
The NYPD has said repeatedly it does not profile and its programs are legal.