Imam Mustafa El-Amin of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark ran an advertisement Thursday in a New Jersey newspaper urging people to read the Quran, denouncing terrorism and emphasizing that his mosque has an “open door” policy.
The disclosure of the NYPD’s expanded surveillance of Muslims prompted criticism for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Some politicians and law enforcement officials critiqued the program.
The New York Police Department’s surveillance of muslims has garnered intense scrutiny and prompted a backlash, and now the Occupy movement is apparently upset about expanded surveillance as well.
The reports indicate cops collected information on businesses owned by second and third generation Americans, specifically because they were Muslims, and ignored members of other religions in the same ethnic communities.
The attorney general made the remarks at a Senate hearing when asked by Sen. Frank Lautenberg how a law enforcement agency could spy on another state’s residents without notifying authorities.
Police said the victim was alone in the leasing office when two men knocked on the door, asking for the owner. Investigators said the woman let the men in. From there, security cameras were rolling.
Responses to the surveillance range from cautious support to a warning about curtailing civil liberties.
Police say the suspect entered a grocery store at 1274 Bronx River Avenue, jumped over the counter and demanded money from a store employee while claiming he had a gun.
Investigators say the suspect jumped into a Honda Odyssey in the Bronx Saturday afternoon, then sped off with a 3-year-old in the back seat.
The suspect left the the Lenox Finest Grocery and Deli with stolen money and scratch off lottery tickets, according to police.
The tragedy happened at 203 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights.
Surveillance cameras installed in Atlantic City’s jitneys a year ago have proved to be a valuable tool for law enforcement.
Police say the pair struck at all times of the day in prominently high traffic areas, including Chelsea, Midtown and the West Village.
The most recent victim suffered lacerations to her arms and face as well as a broken ankle.
Investigators say the man approached his victim at 87th street in Ozone Park when he demanded the woman’s cash, jewelry, cell phone and iPod.