Muslim groups say they want the NYPD under scrutiny

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More documents unearthed by the Associated Press show the New York Police Department wanted to put Iranians in the New York area, and Shiite mosques in particular, under surveillance in response to rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

Critics say the move is in direct violation of the NYPD's rules prohibiting racial and ethnic profiling. 

The Daily News editorial page defends the NYPD, saying they have "more than good cause to extend antennas among the city's Iranians, including Shiites. To do otherwise would have been irresponsible."

Forty-four Muslim organizations responded by calling for an "external investigation" into the NYPD. Councilman Brad Lander has said he wants to create an inspector general's office to oversee the police here.

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Roseanne Barr filed paperwork to be a Green Party presidential candidate. [Associated Press]

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NYPD

A secret document revealed the NYPD's response to rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran was to increase surveillance on Shiite Muslims in New York City. [Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley]

Here's the document. [Associated Press]

The NYPD commissioner defended the plan as "prudent" even though the department's guidelines prohibit monitoring people based on a people's religion or ethnicity. [Helen Kennedy]

It "sounds like something we should be doing," said Kelly. [NY1]

"[T]he NYPD has more than good cause to extend antennas among the city's Iranians, including Shiites. To do otherwise would have been irresponsible." [Daily News]

"You know that's unfair. We are a community. We are citizens, you know?" said one man. [nework.cbslocal.com]

44 Muslim organizations signed a letter demanding an "external investigation" into Kelly and the NYPD. [TheAmericanMuslims.org]

Muslims will march from Foley Square to One Police Plaza to "Demand NYPD Accountability". [Muslim Rally for Justice]

It's getting noticed. [edition.cnn.com]

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