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NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit
by Jamie Schram and Daniel Prendergast
The NYPD has abandoned its controversial and secretive surveillance program that sent plainclothes police officers into Muslim neighborhoods for the purposes of gathering information on possible terrorist plots, officials said.
Marking a dramatic change of course for the department, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton agreed to disband the largely inactive Demographics Unit, which was started in 2003 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks.
The unit was intended to root out threats by identifying pockets of Islamic radicalization and locations where potential terrorists might gather.
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