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    NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19:  New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton attends the Police Athletic League's 16th Annual Legal Profession Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on March 19, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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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.

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