NYPD to Settle Muslim Surveillance Lawsuits

Under the settlement, which was filed in federal court Thursday afternoon, the police department agreed to a series of changes that include reinstating a civilian attorney to a panel that must make sure first amendment rights are not violated during surveillance activity by the intelligence unit–a role that was eliminated in the years after the terror attacks.

The NYPD also agreed to several changes to the surveillance rules–known as the Handschu guidelines, a set of policies initially put in place more than 30 years ago–including placing a reasonable time limit on investigations and expressly stating an existing NYPD policy that it is illegal to profile anyone solely on the basis of religious..:MORE: www.wsj.com