New York Police Department Disbands Unit That Spied on Muslims

Chris Boyette, CNN, April 15, 2014

A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded, according to the department.

The NYPD’s Demographics Unit–or Zone Assessment Unit–was developed with the CIA’s help after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The unit has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region and has been the target of controversy and civil lawsuits.

“The Zone Assessment Unit, previously referred to as the demographics unit, has been largely inactive since January,” the department said in a statement Tuesday. “Recently, as part of an ongoing assessment of Intelligence Bureau operations, personnel assigned to the Zone Assessment Unit were reassigned to other duties within the Intelligence Bureau.”

The statement continued: “Understanding certain local demographics can be a useful factor when assessing information regarding potential threats coming to the attention of the New York City Police Department, it has been determined that much of the same information previously gathered by the Zone Assessment Unit may be obtained through direct outreach by the NYPD to the communities concerned.”

Two advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit challenging the unit and its activities said they were pleased it had been disbanded but want to ensure the surveillance stops.

“While we welcome the dismantling of the Demographics Unit as a long overdue step towards reining in the unconstitutional excesses of the NYPD, what has to stop is the practice of suspicion-less surveillance of Muslim communities, not just the unit assigned to do it,” said a joint statement by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the lawsuit in 2012. {snip}

That suit, Hassan v. City of New York, was dismissed in February and is currently under appeal.

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This decision and the city’s move to drop an appeal of a federal judge’s August ruling that the controversial stop-and-frisk practice violated the Constitution are seen as signs of changes in the way the city operates. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton have replaced former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair. This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday.

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  • Did I miss the recent news that Muslims had nothing to do with 9/11?

    • Martel

      Islam is a religion of peace, Prophet Muhammed never hurt a fly, as he was too busy decapitating and raping his unsuspecting enemies. But we have to remember, he did this out of frustration with white institutional racism and lack of equal opportunities. But mostly, because white people existed back then. We all know white people are able to discriminate in ways we cannot even comprehend yet, too claim Mohammed was not a victim means you are blinded by your own white privilege.

  • 4321realist

    New York has had some of the kookiest, most incompetent mayors ever.

    And in that regard, de Blasio makes a perfect follow up to all of them.

    Personally I think there’s going to be a return to out-of-control murder and crime as it was before Giuliani took over.

    And if things get really out-of-hand, look for another terrorist attack. Apparently the ones they’ve already had aren’t enough for the idiot rainbow mayor.

  • Tarczan

    TG this bigotry and Islamaphobia has ended. A nuke going off in Manhattan will be a small price to pay for the joy of diversity.

    • IstvanIN

      Make it a small one, still love my dying NJ and don’t want the fall-out to take out my family.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ““While we welcome the dismantling of the Demographics Unit as a long
    overdue step towards reining in the unconstitutional excesses of the
    NYPD. . . ”

    Oh please, who do these Muslims think they are fooling with their fake concerns about unconstitutional excesses? These Muslims rats couldn’t care less about the the US Constitution as they assiduously work to implement Sharia law in the Former United States.

  • I do not trust muzzies and would legally deport as many as possible, but the Patriot Act and its aftermath have left Whites less free, contrary to the traditions of this country. Thus, let the government step away from ALL its illegal acts, as documented by Snowden and others. Police State USA is real, as witnessed by the Bundy Ranch assault by the feds.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s been a long, long time since the government was Constitutional. I don’t know that what to do about it can even be safely be discussed on the Internet. Alas, the populace show little interest in self-government.

  • MekongDelta69

    And when NYC goes up in a puff of smoke, Che DeBlasio will blame it on ‘racism.’

  • NoMosqueHere

    Quote: This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday.

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    And who are the REAL bad guys, the really really bad ones, the worst of the worst, Red Bill? Well, jackass, it’s muslim maniacs whose sole mission in life is to commit GENOCIDE against americans, preferably white ones.

    • Anna Tree

      I was reading the comments to see if someone was choking on that quote too…

      Incredible…. De Blasio disbands stop-and-frisk on blacks and Hispanics and spying on muslims so police can focus on the real bad guys… Indeed NMH, I would love to ask De Blasio who are the real bad guys then?!

      • model1911

        Us. In his twisted mind.

        • NoMosqueHere

          de Blasio is a sick self-hating white traitor.

  • 2eRep

    Idiots. I eagerly await the mayor’s attempts to explain away the next attack.

  • Puggg

    That would be as stupid as my agency dismantling its meth unit.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “’This reform is a critical step forward…so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,’”

    Well, that makes perfect sense because Napolitano already told us that the most dangerous terrorists in this country are returning veterans, White Christians and pro-Constitution, pro-Second Amendment rights people.

    The latest, most dangerous terrorist is a 67-year old Nevada Rancher.

    Not Muslims. Not violent blacks who knock out Whites. Not tens of millions of destitute non-White, disease-ridden foreigners who are destroying the American economy and our way of life.

    Attention Muslims In New York City! You are in the clear and free to make bombs and plot against Infidels!

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The most important question is: why are there Muslims in the United States? There shouldn’t be any Muslims in the country, especially after 9/11. This is called importing biological weapons in order to commit genocide against whites.