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New Jersey review: NYPD did no wrong in monitoring Muslim groups

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A report by the New Jersey attorney general has cleared the New York Police Department of wrongdoing for its secret surveillance of New Jersey Muslims, The Star-Ledger reported Thursday.

The three-month review found there was no evidence the NYPD's surveillance violated New Jersey civil or criminal laws, officials who participated in the review told the newspaper.

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa was expected to brief New Jersey Muslim leaders on the review's findings later Thursday.

While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have criticized the surveillance program, which was exposed by the Associated Press, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have defended the activities as legal and necessary.

Chiesa is expected to issue a directive Thursday requiring state law enforcement agencies to follow new notification protocols when they learn of law enforcement activity by out-of-state agencies. The NYPD reportedly notified the city of Newark about the surveillance program, but Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey State Police have said they were not made aware of the activities. Other state officials said they knew about the operation.

Officials will also announce a new agreement with the NYPD to "strengthen the lines of communication" by holding regular meetings to exchange information on counterterrorism intelligence and operations, officials told The Star-Ledger. The state attorney general will also reportedly establish an outreach committee with the Muslim community.

SOURCE: NJ.COM

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