Civic groups from around the US are calling for a legal investigation into intelligence-gathering on Shia Muslims by the New York Police Department.
The complaint comes after an internal memo became public recommending increased surveillance of the city's Shia community.
Muslims gathered near police headquarters on Friday in protest over the NYPD memo.
Top police officials insist the police only follow-up legitimate leads.
The memo, part of a 2006 report, recommended expanding the NYPD's spying operation on Shia mosques and Muslim centres. It was addressed to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
On Thursday, Mr Kelly called the memo a "contingency plan" in case of military conflict between the US and Iran, although no such language is used in the document.
The report was made public by the Associated Press as part of a series of reports on the NYPD's response to terrorism.
The police commissioner is already under fire for appearing in the "The Third Jihad", a controversial movie about Muslims.
In their letter, addressed to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, thirty-three groups said that the memo further uncovered "a disturbing picture about the NYPD's institutional approach" to the Muslim community that "erodes the public's trust and confidence".
"The need to hold the NYPD accountable for its flagrant use of discriminatory policing practices has never been more glaring and urgent," the letter says.THIS IS NOT AN EFFORT TO RESTRAIN UNBRIDLED AND UNNECESSARY POLICE ACTIONS BY TRUE LIBERTARIANS.
THIS IS A SOPHISTICATED EFFORT BY MEMBERS OF GLOBAL JIHAD TO WEAKEN OUR DEFENSES.
I PRAY THE LIBERALS RUNNING NYC AND NY STATE POLITICS DON'T CAVE INTO THIS CHARADE.
IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S A CONCERTED EFFORT TO DECAPITATE THE NYC POLICE DEPARTMENT BY GETTING RID OF RAYMOND KELLY:
After years of undeniable suc-cess, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is going through turbulent times, confronted with a steady drip of troublesome episodes. They include officers fixing traffic tickets, running guns and disparaging civilians on Facebook, and accusations that the Police Department encourages officers to question minorities on the streets indiscriminately. His younger son has been accused of rape, though he has not been charged and maintains his innocence. On Thursday, in an episode that Mr. Kelly said concerned him, an officer killed an 18-year-old drug suspect who was unarmed.
At 70, Mr. Kelly has now run the 52,000-member department longer than any of the city’s 41 commissioners. Almost everything about him braids through the department’s interlocking workings. Yet many inside and outside the force wonder whether the pileup of scandals and his increasingly authoritarian use of power have diminished his once-towering stature.
In Mr. Kelly’s two tenures — 16 months in the early 1990s under Mayor David N. Dinkins, and since 2002 under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — he has now served 11 ½ years. Lewis Joseph Valentine presided for just shy of 11, from 1934 to 1945, during monstrous times, when organized-crime groups sanctioned hundreds of murders.
Mr. Kelly has many fans. His public approval numbers after years of low crime remain high: two-thirds of the city’s voters were pleased with his job performance in a December poll by Quinnipiac University.
Mr. Bloomberg continues to affirm his unbending faith. Asked if he had considered replacing Mr. Kelly, he said, “With God as my witness, never once.” While waving off interest, Mr. Kelly has been promoted as a 2013 mayoral candidate; political soothsayers are dubious he will run, however, and the suggestion is heard less often these days.
But even some of those who admire Mr. Kelly wonder if his prolonged tenure has changed him. And they wonder something else more ominous: Has it begun to damage the department?
THE LEFTISTS WHO DOMINATE THE LEGACY MEDIA HAVE THEIR KNIVES OUT, AND THEY ARE THE FIFTH COLUMN FOR THE JIHADISTS.
I BELIEVE THEY WANT KELLY OUT IN ORDER TO WEAKEN OUR DEFENSES.