NEW YORK (AP) — Some New York City officials say they need more control over the New York Police Department after being left in the dark about programs that subjected entire Muslim neighborhoods to surveillance and scrutiny.
Council members said at a news conference Thursday that they need to know what tactics the police use to prevent terrorism.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the council has done little to oversee the department as it became one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies.
An Associated Press investigation has revealed that the police monitored Muslim communities often just for reasons of ethnicity. The department says it only follows leads about allegations of potential wrongdoing.
Robert Jackson, the only Muslim member of the city council, says he wants to know whether he was under police surveillance.