NJ: Muslims Say Police Target Them

Mitchel Maddux, John Chadwick, The Record, 9/27/05

A national Islamic group asked New Jersey to review how it stores antiterrorism information in a police database, saying Monday the issue raised concerns that Muslims are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.

The demand comes after the state police raised concerns that New Jersey’s Office of Counterterrorism had entered large numbers of reports about individual Muslims and groups into its intelligence database, several sources said.

State police have temporarily barred counterterrorism agents from making entries while the policy is being reviewed, officials said.

But one intelligence expert said the Counterterrorism Office was simply reporting raw intelligence about suspicious individuals or activity it receives routinely from police and other law-enforcement agencies, private industry and citizens.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the issue, nevertheless, called for a review of the computer entries to determine whether the office engaged in racial profiling.


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