City Controller John Liu called the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims unconstitutional at a forum dedicated to Muslim and Arab American issues Sunday.
“No offense to you guys here – how can anybody think that it’s OK to surveil or spy on people just because they’re Muslim?” said Liu, who was the only major candidate to go that far.
The NYPD’s program has involved monitoring mosques, cafes and bookstores in Muslim neighborhoods, and Muslim student associations.
Former Controller Bill Thompson stopped short of calling the surveillance unconstitutional, but strongly condemned it.
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