Target: Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City
Goal: Make NYPD stop using undercover informants to infiltrate Muslim homes.
Since September 11th 2001, the nation has experienced a dramatic shift in the perception of Muslim citizens. Most police agencies have displayed increased aggression towards Muslims, along with transportation security and other government divisions. The New York Police Department is no different, and has recently been using undercover informants posing as Muslims to infiltrate the homes of U.S. citizens.
Asad Dandia, a college student born in Brooklyn, received a Facebook request from a young man, Shamiur Rahman, claiming to be a Muslim in need of religious guidance. He asked to be admitted into Dandia’s home to attend Muslim events. Dandia complied, out of a sense of compassion for a fellow Muslim. The two became friends, shared stories, and spent a significant amount of time together. Then, through Facebook, Rahman admitted that he was an informant gathering information on Muslims for the NYPD.
Dandia expressed fear, stating, “I was terrified and I was afraid for my family, especially for my younger sister… I felt betrayed and hurt because someone who I took as a friend and a brother was lying to me.” Rahman stated that he had to either release information to the NYPD, or face criminal charges.
This has to be stopped. This is a blatant expression of prejudiced views on behalf of NYPD, and an infringement on the right to free religious practice. Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD’s Police Commissioner are defendants in a lawsuit filed by civil liberty groups, and may have to destroy all information they found through the use of informants. Sign this petition for Bloomberg to accept requests by civil liberty organizations, destroy all evidence found through these searches, and put an end to undercover surveillance of Muslim families.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
Recently, civil liberty groups have filed a lawsuit against you and your Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, involving undercover surveillance of Muslim citizens. They are asking federal judges to have you destroy all information found through these informants and cease using undercover informants in the infiltration of Muslim homes.
The actions of the NYPD are based on prejudice and infringe upon Muslim’s rights to practice freely. These undercover informants are invasive and spread fear throughout the community, and this has to stop. These policies are a blemish on the face of the NYPD and your administration, and are in no way constitutional.
I urge you to comply with the requests of the civil liberty organizations that have filed suit against you and the police commissioner. Destroy all evidence that was unconstitutionally obtained, and force the NYPD to stop using undercover informants to infiltrate the peaceful lives of Muslim citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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