NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Muslim groups are planning a march to NYPD headquarters Friday afternoon to protest what they say is police spying on their community.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Foley Square.READ MORE: Suspect's Parents Charged After Deadly Shooting At Michigan High School
A secret 2006 document, obtained by the Associated Press, shows the NYPD recommended increasing surveillance on Muslims and their mosques based solely on their religion.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly clarified the document’s meaning saying, “I’m told it’s our contingency plan for outbreak of hostilities involving Iran, which sounds like something we should be doing.”READ MORE: Columbia University Student Davide Giri Stabbed To Death Near Morningside Park; Suspected Gang Member In Custody, Sources Say
“What we’re seeing here is an institutionalized policy of religious discrimination. This is from the very high levels of the NYPD leadership being lied about and covered up by those in the NYPD leadership,” said Cyrus McGoldrick of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The document will likely renew debate over how the NYPD views Muslims in 2012.MORE NEWS: FDNY Probationary Firefighter Vincent Malveaux Dies After Medical Episode During Training Exercise
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for hearings in Albany over the alleged spying without warrants or evidence of wrongdoing.