NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Civil Liberties Union says 125 organizations have written a letter asking for a federal civil rights investigation into the New York Police Department.
Groups including Muslim, Jewish and Christian organizations and the NAACP sent the letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, urging a review of the police department's treatment of Muslims.
The Justice Department has said previously it was continuing to review complaints received from Muslims and their supporters after a series of Associated Press stories revealed widespread surveillance of Muslims.
The groups say in their letter that the police department has engaged in "unlawful religious profiling and suspicion-less surveillance."
The NYPD has said repeatedly it does not profile and its programs are legal.