NEW YORK (WPIX)—A group of Muslim leaders says the N.Y.P.D.'s practice of infiltrating the Muslim community with undercover cops and keeping civilians under surveillance is unfair, and to protest they plan to boycott the mayor's annual Interfaith Breakfast.
Fourteen Muslim leaders sent a letter to the Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday saying they will boycott Friday morning's breakfast over what they are calling "very disturbing revelations" centering on how New York Muslims are treated.
The N.Y.P.D. says at least 44 terrorists who have been captured or killed resided in the five boroughs or metropolitan area and they are following leads.
The police department issued a statement saying: "The N.Y.P.D. lawfully follows leads in terrorist-related investigations and does not engage in the kind of wholesale spying on communities that was falsely alleged."
The statement goes on to say, "There have been at least 14 terrorist plots against New York City since the 9/11 attacks, and the N.Y.P.D. is actively engaged in making certain we are not attacked again."
But Imam Al-Hajj Talib W. Abdur-Rashid of the Islamic Brotherhood told PIX11 News, "We've seen some of the leaked documents, and we do not believe the N.Y.P.D. is following leads spying on school children, spying on college students who are doing nothing more than pursuing their academic study. So we reject and proof will tell that the N.Y.P.D. version of what they are doing is not so."
In an email a mayoral spokesman says, "We have a couple dozen Muslim community leaders who have RSVP-ed that they will be at the breakfast which is about the same as previous years." The statement goes on to say, "The Mayor's office and the N.Y.P.D. maintain their strong ties with the City's Muslim communities."