NYPD Abandons Muslim Surveillance Unit

In this Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, William Bratton, left, speaks while New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio looks on during a news conference in New York introducing Bratton as de Blasio's choice for New York City police commissioner. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The New York Police Department has shuttered a unit designed to spy on the city’s Muslims. The controversial unit never generated a lead in its 13-year existence, according to the New York Times.

From the Times:

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While campaigning for office last year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was “deeply troubled’’ by police surveillance of Muslims. New NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the department will try to mend its relationship with the city’s Muslim communities, according to the Times.

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