Federal judge has rejected lawsuits charging New York City police investigating Muslims

“A federal judge has rejected a settlement of lawsuits charging the New York City police department for illegally targeting Muslims for surveillance, saying the deal did not go far enough and provide sufficient protections. District Judge Charles Haight in Manhattan in a ruling made public on Monday rejected a deal announced in January in which the New York Police Department would install a civilian representative to help monitor its counterterrorism efforts. He cited an inspector general’s report as indicating the department has a “systemic inclination” to disregard court-approved regulations, called the Handschu guidelines, that limit how it can monitor political and religious activity.”

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