Muslim Advocates files complaint against NYPD

Musliim Advocates is calling for an immediate investigation into the NYPD's policies.

In the wake of an investigation that revealed how the NYPD has been spying on the Shi’a community, non-profit group Muslim Advocates has filed a complaint with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Muslim Advocates has joined with 32 faith based and civic organizations to call for an immediate investigation into the practices and policies employed by the NYPD.

“As the largest police department in the United States, the NYPD sets an example for other law enforcement agencies across the nation, and these types of illegal spying and biased policing practices have serious consequences far beyond the New York tri-state area,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates.  

“The Mayor and city of New York, unfortunately, have demonstrated that they are unwilling to hold the NYPD accountable for violating the rights of innocent New Yorkers. It’s time for state officials to step in,” Khera said.

Yesterday, a confidential NYPD document was leaked that included information on the police department’s recommendation to increase surveillance of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims and their mosques.

The Associated Press investigation revealed in October that the NYPD was aided by the CIA in spying and recording the daily actions of Muslims in NYC. In January, it was reported that 1,500 officers were exposed during training to the film ”The Third Jihad,” a controversial documentary that many Muslims deem a “propaganda” video. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was interviewed for the film but has since said he regrets his role in it.


'Five Star': A coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang…

'Five Star' tells a coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang culture at the Tribeca Film Festival.


New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…


NYPD detective shoots partner: DA

A New York City Police detective was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence while on the clock.


Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to…

A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new…


Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.


M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"


Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.


Rangers unlikely to change lineup, Steve Mason in…

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't say much, but don't expect any lineup changes.


Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.


Nets excited for Brooklyn fans to bring the…

Kevin Garnett has definitely used profanity while trash talking or in practices, but never to describe an entire borough.


Rangers turn up shot blocking in Game 3…

Game 3 of the Rangers-Flyers opneing round series was not a return to John Tortorella hockey.


New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.


From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.


Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.


MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.