Although the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced the disbanding of its controversial Muslim surveillance program last month, a growing number of Latino Muslims living in New York City remain concerned about being watched and harassed by authorities.
The NYPD launched the Demographics Unit, which was renamed the Zone Assessment Unit in recent years, to spy on mosques, ethnic communities and Muslim student associations in several universities across the U.S., OnIslam.net reported. Critics complained that the program was a breach of civil liberties and unfairly targeted an entire community. However, the NYPD argued that the program was needed to detect terrorist threats.
On April 15, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said that the program will no longer be in effect. Yet, Latino members of the Islamic community in NYC say they still feel targeted by officials.