The New York City Police Department has ended its program that spied on Muslims. Plain clothed officers secretly monitored Muslims where they lived, ate and prayed.
The idea was to learn information that could help in a terrorism investigation. But when the program was exposed in 2011, it came under heavy criticism from the Muslim communities.
Police admit the program never produced a lead.
"Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The program was started in 2003, about two years after the September 11th terrorist attack. It has been largely inactive under the new administration and has now been eliminated.
"This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys," de Blasio said.
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