Chiesa acts to assure N.J. Muslims

Posted: September 06, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. - The state attorney general assured a group of Muslim leaders Wednesday that a New York City police unit that conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, religious leaders, and student groups was no longer operating in New Jersey.

Jeffrey Chiesa made the remarks during the first meeting of an outreach committee he formed to repair relations between law enforcement and Muslims in the wake of revelations about the New York Police Department's surveillance tactics.

Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the attorney general, confirmed that Chiesa said during the closed-door meeting that the NYPD's Demographics Unit was no longer working in New Jersey.

The NYPD operated secretly in New Jersey neighborhoods where Muslims lived and worked, spied on Muslim neighborhoods and organizations, infiltrated Muslim student groups, and videotaped mosque-goers. The activities angered many Muslims and New Jersey officials and resulted in a federal lawsuit against the NYPD.

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