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NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

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New York Muslims: The police are no longer watching. The New York Police Department has stopped its secret program that sent undercover cops to spy on Muslim communities. The squad, known as the Demographics Unit, tracked people wearing traditional Islamic clothing in neighborhoods in and around the city. The move, by new Commissioner William Bratton, is a sign the department is abandoning some controversial post-9/11 tactics.