File - A specialist police unit that sought to infiltrate Muslim communities was disbanded in April, following protests last year.
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The New York Police Department disbanded a unit that tracked the everyday lives of Muslims, but it has taken a tough stance in a heated legal battle over its continuing use of Muslim informants in terror threat investigations.The city then demanded access to any communications by the plaintiffs – including two Brooklyn mosques, an imam and a Muslim charity – that mention terrorism, jihad or the war in Afghanistan as well as financial records from the mosques and the charity, including names of donors.Civil rights advocates, however, noted that the department was not committing to abandoning a practice adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks of using Muslim informants to try to detect and thwart terror threats.
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