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Newark mayor seeks probe of NYPD Muslim spying

Newark mayor calls for probe of NYPD spying on Muslims; calls report 'deeply offensive' By The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ' The mayor of New Jersey's largest city has called for state authorities to investigate a widespread spying operation conducted in Newark's Muslim neighborhoods by the New York Police Department.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says the spying is "deeply offensive." Gov. Chris Christie calls the surveillance "disturbing" and says Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa is looking into the reports.

In mid-2007, the NYPD's Demographics Unit photographed Newark mosques and eavesdropped in Muslim businesses. The findings were cataloged in a 60-page report, obtained by The Associated Press. There was no mention of terrorism or any criminal wrongdoing by Newark Muslims.

Booker and law enforcement officials say they were misled by the NYPD, which they say asked a limited number of questions but didn't hint at the depth or breadth of the planned investigation.

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