NYPD And Muslims
NEW YORK (AP) - New Yorkers seem to be OK with the way the city's police department has dealt with Muslims. That's the indication from a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
More than four out of five of the people surveyed said they think the NYPD has been effective in preventing terrorist attacks. And nearly three out of five said they believed police had treated Muslims fairly.
A series of stories by The Associated Press revealed that police had monitored mosques and Muslims around the New York area, and had kept tabs on Muslim student groups at universities.
The U.S. Justice Department is considering whether to investigate the NYPD to see if it engaged in illegal religious and ethnic profiling.
New York's mayor and police commissioner have maintained that the department's actions are legal and necessary. And the poll suggests that many New Yorkers agree.
One deliveryman interviewed in lower Manhattan said he thinks police are "doing what they have to do." He said, "It's for the good of the country."
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