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NYC mayor says surveillance in ethnic neighborhoods didn't unfairly target any group
NEW YORK (AP) ' New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York Police Department's surveillance of the city's ethnic neighborhoods did not unfairly target any group in an effort to root out possible terror connections, and compared it to screening kids for measles.
An Associated Press investigation found that the NYPD dispatched undercover officers into ethnic communities to monitor daily life and scrutinized more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in the years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Bloomberg said no one should generalize about any group, but authorities must respond to the threat of criminal activity.
Several Muslim civil rights groups and a New York congresswoman have urged the Department of Justice to investigate the department for what critics see as racial profiling.