NYPD spied on city's Muslim anti-terror partners
NEW YORK (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the New York City Police Department secretly monitored Muslims who partnered with government officials in the fight against terrorism.
The secret police documents show that the NYPD assigned an undercover officer and confidential informant to a Muslim leader who was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in The New York Times.
Sheik Reda Shata was singled out for surveillance even as he spoke out against terrorism, cooperated with the police and dined with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Some of the same mosques that city leaders visited to hail their strong alliances with the Muslim community have also been placed under NYPD surveillance — in some cases infiltrated by undercover police officers and informants.