Turning a seemingly blind eye to radical Islam and the threat it presents to the safety of Americans, New York City has taken a page from the playbook of its European counterparts and will now bar its law enforcement officers from investigating radical Islamism in the places it is most likely to originate without obtaining evidence that would meet standards for a search warrant.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has chosen to settle a case brought by Muslim activists with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rather than defend law enforcement practices that have kept the city safe for more nearly a decade.

Intelligence gathering techniques proven to be effective in identifying patterns of activity associated with jihadists and radicalized Muslims will no longer be available to law enforcement officers under the terms of the settlement agreement reached in Hamid Hassan Raza v. City of New York, a case in which Muslims accused the NYPD of profiling.

The crime-fighting tools were adopted by then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to spot terror plots early enough to prevent them from being carried out upon the public.

The ACLU claimed, on behalf of Muslim activists, that the police were profiling individuals based on their religious beliefs and practices, painting all Muslims as terrorists.

Some even called the law enforcement measures, which included undercover operations and surveillance of likely centers of radicalization, a “War on Islam.”

The settlement reached by de Blasio on behalf of the city ended the suit brought by three Muslims, a mosque and a Muslim non-profit in 2013 charging that the police spied on Muslims by drawing up maps detailing their communities.

The ACLU’s announcement of the settlement said it came “at a time of rampant anti-Muslim hysteria and discrimination nationwide” and boasted that the terms impose “a number of important safeguards on the New York Police Department, including a robust anti-religious discrimination policy, limits on the use of undercover officers and informants.”

Mayor de Blasio, and all future NYC mayors, will be required to appoint a civilian overseer to monitor the NYPD’s compliance with the requirements, however no further information about the office of overseer, such as qualifications or accountability, has been released.



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