By Christopher Baxter
Three dozen civil rights, religious, student and civic groups filed a formal complaint today with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office over the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims in 2007 in the Garden State.
“The seriousness of this problem cannot be overstated, and we urgently request that you conduct a prompt investigation into this matter,” according to a letter sent today to Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.
Noah K. Murray /The Star LedgerCivil rights groups filed a formal complaint today with Jeffrey Chiesa, Attorney General for the State of New Jersey over the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims in the state.
The letter states that the NYPD’s activities are inconsistent with the values of New Jersey, which has taken great strides since it’s own racial profiling scandal involving the State Police.
“Now, as evidenced by these reports, outside actors are freely engaging in racial and religious profiling and unwarranted surveillance of New Jersey residents without any accountability or oversight,” the letter said.
Chiesa has so far declined to open a formal investigation. He told Muslim leaders this past weekend that his office must first determine what legal authority it has over the NYPD’s activities.
Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for Chiesa, said today that the matter remains under review.
The complaint also asks that the state develop guidelines for who a foreign police agency must tell if it intends to operate within the Garden State, if those guidelines do not already exist.