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Federal judge upholds NYPD surveillance against Muslims

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s secret police surveillance of mosques, Muslim businesses and a Muslim student group in New Jersey did not violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey, threw out a lawsuit…

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment of apparent overdose

Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment Sunday afternoon. He was 46 years old. The police have not released a cause of death yet, but NBC News’s Tom Winter tweeted that the actor was found with a needle in his arm, next to bags of what are believed…

Banksy busted by NYPD: ‘Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity’

British street art superstar Banksy said police on Wednesday prevented him from creating a new piece of art in New York as promised on each day of the month. “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity,” he wrote in a blank window on his website www.banksyny.com under the…

NYPD faces class-action lawsuit over controversial stop-and-frisk policy

A landmark trial challenging the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy began in a lower Manhattan court on Monday. The class action suit accuses the NYPD of violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers on a widespread and systemic basis. New York city police…

‘Cannibal cop’ trial begins in New York

Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women. Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed…

Occupy protesters want New York police chief out

NEW YORK — About 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched in New York on Tuesday to demand the resignation of the city’s police chief after a slew of arrests. Several of the demonstrators knelt down, their mouths covered with tape and their hands tied behind their back in front of…

NYC mayor Bloomberg defends monitoring of U.S. Muslims

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended police surveillance of Muslims who travel between the Big Apple and nearby New Jersey, whose governor has lambasted the controversial scheme. “A lot of the World Trade Center terrorists that took 3,000 people went back and forth to New Jersey,” said Bloomberg,…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

NYPD proposed spying on Muslims based solely on their religion

The New York Police Department proposed spying on more than a dozen Shia mosques despite any evidence of wrongdoing, secret police documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed. The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report, titled “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City,” recommended targeting a dozen mosques based solely…

Cocaine mistakenly sent to UN headquarters

UNITED NATIONS — A 16 kilo (35.5 pounds) consignment of cocaine that Mexican drug traffickers recently lost has turned up in an unlikely place — the United Nations in New York. Police and UN officials Thursday described how two fake UN bags containing the drugs — which experts said had…

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