NY Judge Rejects Surveillance Settlement

Charles S. Haight Jr., the judge presiding over a case pertaining to the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim citizens, rejected a settlement in the dispute Tuesday, deeming it insufficient. “The proposed role and powers of the civilian representative do not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam who live, move, and have their being in this city,” Haight wrote in his decision. The settlement stems from a January resolution of two cases that followed revelations in 2011 that the NYPD was conducting surveillance of Muslim citizens. The settlement stipulates a citizen representative should report violations to the police commissioner, but Haight argued they should file reports to the court.