NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for critics of the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims said they will continue pursuing a New York lawsuit that challenges the practice, after a similar case was dismissed in New Jersey.
The lawyers on Friday criticized a ruling that found the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey was a lawful anti-terrorism effort, not a civil rights violation.
American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Hina Shamsi said she's not worried about the fate of the New York lawsuit, partly because the city hasn't asked to have it dismissed. It's in a Brooklyn federal court.
Shamsi says she also hopes new Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will take a fresh look at the surveillance program.
City lawyers say only that the Brooklyn case is in early stages of evidence-gathering.
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