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New York police disband Muslim 'eavesdropping' unit

A secret New York Police Department programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats has been disbanded.

The Demographics Unit had dispatched plainclothes detectives to listen to conversations and build files on places frequented by Muslims, US media say.

The squad had been the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past, and drew ire from civil rights groups.

Nick Bryant says some law enforcement officials saw the programme as counter-productive, sowing the seeds of mistrust within Muslim communities.

  • 16 Apr 2014
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