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Judge Rejects Settlement Over Surveillance of Muslims by New York Police Department
by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman
A federal judge has rejected the settlement of a lawsuit stemming from the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims, saying the proposed deal does not provide enough oversight of an agency that he said had shown a "systemic inclination" to ignore rules protecting free speech and religion.
In January, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, agreed to appoint a civilian lawyer to monitor the department's counterterrorism activities as a means of settling two lawsuits accusing the city of violating the rights of Muslims over the past decade.
But the judge, Charles S. Haight Jr., in an opinion published on Monday, said the settlement did not go far enough for an agency that had become "accustomed to disregarding" court orders.
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