BK lawmakers praise NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities

Public debate over the city's terrorism tactics is heating up tonight after two Brooklyn politicians praised the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities. Local elected officials,

BAY RIDGE - Public debate over the city's terrorism tactics is heating up tonight after two Brooklyn politicians praised the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities. Local elected officials, including State Sen. Marty Golden (R-22nd District) and State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-48th District), have written a letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, applauding the force's scrutiny of predominantly Muslim neighborhoods. "I feel manipulated, used," said community leader Linda Sarsour. "I feel like, if you're going to target our community, surveil our community, and then be our friend at the same time, I think that that's kind of contradictory." Assemblyman Hikind backed his actions, claiming religion and public safety are mutually exclusive. "Political correctness cannot play a role when it comes to protecting all New Yorkers," Hikind said. Muslim activists say they are less upset with the NYPD's investigation, and more for the fact that it's been kept a secret.NYPD under fire after targeted Muslim-surveillance claim

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