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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Gets Praise From Some Muslim Leaders

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at One Police Plaza - New York, NY - Jan 27, 2012 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at One Police Plaza – New York, NY – Jan 27, 2012 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Muslim leaders met with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Tuesday after shows of both opposition and support for the department’s surveillance of Muslims in and around the Tri-State Area.

Most of those who emerged sang Kelly’s praises, reported 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. Others who have been critical didn’t attend.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports


On Saturday, students and activists loudly denounced the policy at a protest on Wall Street. On Monday, members of the Muslim community rallied at One Police Plaza to show their support for the NYPD.

Thirty-six groups, including some that are faith-based and others that are student-led, have sent a letter asking New Jersey’s Attorney General to immediately investigate Muslim monitoring by the New York City Police Department in Newark and other cities.

The call for an investigation sent Tuesday mirrored similar requests made last week in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and elsewhere.

The letter to Attorney General Jeff Chiesa asks New Jersey to investigate the extent to which local police assisted the NYPD and whether the New York department broke any New Jersey laws, such as the Wiretapping Act.

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