NYPD Surveillance Inspector

May 28, 2014 by  

NYPD Surveillance Inspector, Political activists asked a new inspector general for the New York Police Department on Tuesday to force police officials to fully disclose details about how undercover officers sought to secretly infiltrate and monitor liberal activist groups.

Representatives of the groups hand-delivered a written complaint, which also called on the NYPD to account for “public moneys spent on these useless operations,” to the lower Manhattan office of Philip Eure. It was the former federal prosecutor’s first day on the job following his appointment earlier this year by the city Department of Investigation as the city’s first-ever inspector general overseeing the NYPD.

“We’re cautiously hopeful that the inspector general will pursue his mandate in favour of civil liberties,” said Robert Jereski, a co-ordinator of a group called Friends of Brad Will.

In a statement, the Department of Investigation confirmed the paperwork was received. It said Eure will review it and “determine appropriate investigative action once the office is staffed.”

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said the police department would co-operate with any inquiry.

The independent watchdog post was created last year by the City Council in response to rising concerns over the NYPD’s widespread tactic of street stops – known as “stop and frisk” – and its extensive surveillance of Muslims, as disclosed in stories by The Associated Press. Eure’s first chore in the coming weeks is to assemble a staff of about 50 investigators, lawyers and analysts.

The complaint was filed by a coalition that includes environmental, human rights, housing rights and animal rights activists. It accuses NYPD of targeting free speech activities that provide “vital nourishment to our democratic system of government and prevents its corruption and atrophy.”

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