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Muslims win case against NYPD illegal surveillance

'We won this case, make no mistake about it ... I believe the United States won as well,' said Farhaj Hassan

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Counterterrorism police stand guard outside of St Patrick's Cathedral on February 21, 2018 in New York City [Spencer Platt/Getty/AFP]

The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for years after the September 11 attacks.

“We won this case, make no mistake about it. But as a member of the armed forces, I believe the United States won as well,” said Farhaj Hassan, a US Army reservist and the lead plaintiff in the 2012 lawsuit in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

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