Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at City University of New York, said he believed the NYPD’s report worked as a “blueprint of sorts” for the agent’s now-shuttered program that kept track of mosques, ethnic dining establishments and predominantly Muslim communities. Kassem represented plaintiffs in one of two suits alleging that the department engaged in prejudiced monitoring of Muslims.
In addition to eliminating the report from its site, the NYPD accepted prohibit investigations based mainly on race, religious beliefs or ethnicity and to restrict making use of undercover officers and personal informants .
Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters, stayed the report was never ever implied to be a basis for police work. It was valid at the time however preceded the rise of Islamic State, he said.
Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, said such profiles are based on stereotypes and damage police relationships with Muslim neighborhoods.
“Rather than put a dragnet around an entire community, you focus on where you have suspicion of misdeed,” she stated. “It should not be that being a watchful Muslim is enough to set off the Police Department’s scrutiny.”.