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Justice Dept. in beginning stage of reviewing complaints about NYPD surveillance of Muslims
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is in the beginning stages of reviewing complaints about the New York Police Department's surveillance of entire American Muslim neighborhoods.
The announcement bothered some Democrats, who said they were under the impression the Justice Department had been reviewing the matter since late last year.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the NYPD has built databases pinpointing where Muslims live, where they buy groceries, what Internet cafes they use and where they watch sports.
Dozens of mosques and student groups have been infiltrated, and police have built detailed profiles of Moroccans, Egyptians, Albanians and other local ethnic groups. The NYPD surveillance extended outside New York City to neighboring New Jersey and Long Island and colleges across the Northeast.