Charles S Haight Jr., the judge presiding over a case pertaining to the New York City police department’s surveillance of Muslim citizens rejected a settlement on Tuesday deeming it insufficient.
“The proposed role and powers of the civilian representative do not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam who live, move and have their being in this city,” Haight wrote in his decision. The settlement stems from a January resolution of two cases which are a result of 2011 revelations that the NYPD was conducting surveillance of Muslim citizens. The settlement stipulates a citizen representative should report violations to the police commissioner but Haight argued that they should file reports to the court. Read more at THE GUARDIAN.