• ‘Beyond absurd’: FBI and NYPD ‘interrogated’ man after he read online article about ISIS

    Profiling February 4, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: RT. A New York art manager, Aaron Saltzman, says he was interrogated twice by the New York Police Department and then the FBI over his reading material on the Islamic State. The article he read about ISIS appeared in an American magazine, The Atlantic. He had been reading the article on his computer, taking notes, while on a flight from Florida. The cover image for the story was a gunman pointing his gun to the sky, flushed in tones of orange, red and black. A passenger on the flight had seen it, got scared, and responded to law enforcement’s call of “If you see something, say something.”

  • Black drivers in Florida receive double the number of seatbelt tickets – study

    Profiling January 27, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Black drivers in Florida are stopped and ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt significantly more often than their white counterparts, raising “serious concern” that law enforcement may be racially profiling motorists, according to a study released by the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday. Using data collected under Florida’s seatbelt law, the authors found that in 2014 black motorists were ticketed nearly twice as often statewide and up to four times as often in certain counties. national debate on racial profiling. In 2015, routine traffic stops were precursors to a number of high-profile police killings.

  • Anti-Muslim profiling at airports goes beyond the TSA

    Profiling January 20, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Think Progress. Muslims have long encountered difficulties at airports, where security officials have been accused of unfairly profiling, questioning, searching, and detaining passengers simply for “looking” Muslim. But as the United States endures an unprecedented wave of anti-Islam hatred following the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino late last year, Muslim Americans and others affected by Islamophobia are reporting a rash of new airport profiling cases — this time not just at the hands of the TSA, but also airline companies and fellow passengers.

  • Four Brooklyn men claim they were kicked off flight for looking too Muslim in lawsuit

    Profiling January 18, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Daily News. A flight attendant kicked four Brooklyn men off a recent Toronto-to-New York flight for looking too Muslim — claiming their appearance made the captain uneasy, a new $9 million federal lawsuit alleges.

  • Settlement In lawsuit over NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims bringing a long list of reforms to city’s policing

    Profiling January 11, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Tech Dirt. The NYPD’s pervasive surveillance of the city’s Muslim population violated civil liberties on a massive scale. Despite being given an incredible amount of leeway to pursue its counter-terrorist activities, the so-called “Demographics Unit” did useless things like pressure informants into making stuff up to justify surveillance efforts and designate entire mosques as terrorist entities. What it didn’t do, however, is generate any useful intelligence. The city has just settled with the plaintiffs in the Muslim surveillance lawsuit, which will bring with it a slew of reforms.

  • Footage of police violence puts heat on Chicago officials

    Profiling December 8, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. The Chicago Police Department has an extensive and troubling legacy of violence. Over the last five years, Chicago officers have fatally shot 70 people, more than any other big-city police department in the U.S., according to the Better Government Association, a watchdog group in Illinois. “The Chicago victims were nearly all male,” wrote the BGA’s Andrew Schroedter. “Most were black. More than half of the killings occurred in six South Side police districts.”

  • Southwest Airlines accused of profiling Muslims

    Profiling November 23, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Economist. Southwest Airlines has come under fire for its supposedly targeting Muslim flyers. In one incident last week, reported by NBC, Anas Ayyad, who runs a pizza restaurant in Philadelphia, and his friend Maher Khalil, were asked to step aside before boarding the plane. The problem was caused when a fellow passenger, who had heard them talking in Arabic, claimed to be too afraid to fly with them. When they learnt that they would be denied entry onto the flight, Mr Khalil telephoned 911. “I didn’t know what to do, so I called the cops,” NBC reports Mr Khalil as having said. The pair were later allowed back on board.

  • NYPD Undercover “converted” to Islam to spy on Brooklyn College students

    Profiling October 29, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Gothamist. This past April, two Queens residents, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, were arrested and charged with allegedly planning to build a bomb. While little is known about the case against Velentzas and Siddiqui, including how and why the NYPD came to involve an undercover officer in the alleged plot, it appears that Mel (the officer) made an aggressive effort to befriend and surveil law-abiding Muslims years before she ever met her alleged targets, and did so at least up until December of 2014, eight months after the de Blasio administration pledged to stop the NYPD’s blanket surveillance of innocent Muslims.

  • NYC joins global network of cities to ‘counter violent extremism’

    Profiling September 29, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: AlJazeeera America. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at the United Nations on Tuesday that his city will join an international coalition of municipalities that share information and best practices in order to counter violent extremism. Civil rights advocates and Muslim organizations in the United States, however, worry the move to join the Strong Cities Network (SCN) could lead to abuses by law enforcement, especially against the Muslim community. ISD policy and research head Jonathan Birdwell told Al Jazeera the network will be sensitive to the concerns of Muslim communities and won’t neglect the dangers of right-wing groups. Since the network is launching now, he asks civil rights groups to give it a chance. But rights organizations told de Blasio that “the reality is that CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) is targeted overwhelmingly at Muslims. … Indeed, we are not aware of a single CVE outreach program in the U.S. that is aimed at any other community.”

  • Somalis in Minnesota question counter-extremism program targeted at Muslims

    Profiling September 14, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. With a population of at least 30,000, the Somali people are a significant presence in the Twin Cities, home to more 3.5 million people. Many in the the Somali Muslim community are alarmed at a US attorney-led program that they believe singles them out as more blood thirsty than other ethnic or religious groups, and makes them vulnerable to surveillance. The Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program will launch a number of yet-to-be-announced grants to programs aimed at creating educational and professional opportunities among the Somali Muslim community in Minnesota. The goal is to prevent youth recruitment by overseas extremist groups such as Isis or al-Shabaab. But even before any specifics of the program have been announced, the program has engendered dramatic hostility and division within the Muslim Somali community. Those opposed to the premise of the program point out that 96% of domestic terrorism is committed by white men. The exact figure is disputed, but all statistics have it at more than 90%. “The idea that this Muslim community needs help, itself for this issue is problematic,” says Jaylani Hussein the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).