America’s largest police force has agreed not to conduct surveillance operations based on religion or ethnicity, as part of a deal to settle claims that it illegally spied on Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
In an agreement announced in New York, the force agreed to put an end to such operations based solely on these factors and to pay $75,000 in damages and $1m in legal fees. It also agreed to meet with members of the Muslim community to discuss various issues.
“We are proud that we stood up to the most powerful police force in the country and against the suspicion and ignorance that guided their discriminatory practices,” said Farhaj Hassan, the lead plaintiff in the case.
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