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Reforms to protect New York Muslims from surveillance

A group of Muslims attend a rally on December 20, 2015 in New YorkNew York will appoint an independent monitor to review counter-terror police investigations as part of reforms designed to protect Muslims from discriminatory and blanket surveillance, officials said Thursday. Civil liberty campaigners welcomed the changes, which settle two lawsuits, saying the move by the country’s largest police force sent a powerful message at a time of rising anti-Islamic sentiment. The lawsuits alleged that New York police stigmatized communities based solely on religion, and that lawful political and religious activities were subject to unwarranted police surveillance following the 9/11 attacks.

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