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Members of the Muslim community are pursuing legal actionagainst the NYPD for its surveillance of students, business owners, and other citizens belonging to the religion. As of Wednesday (June 6) the New Jersey chapter of the Muslim Advocates became the first group of its kind to file a suit against the department for practices which NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly deemed as “critically important.” Farhana Khera, president of the Muslim Advocates, explained the reasoning behind the lawsuit in a press conference, and accompanying editorial post on CNN.com. “This lawsuit is about the pervasive and discriminatory policies and practices that Commissioner Ray Kelly and his leadership team have put into motion and that need to stop. Standing up to the largest police department in the country takes courage, and these brave individuals have done so in order to protect America’s future,” he said.

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