The Voice of America News website reports today (November 20, 2011) that hundreds of Muslims staged a rally and public prayers in New York City on November 18, to protest alleged ethnic and religious profiling in their community by the city's police department.
Demonstrators gathered in New York's Foley Square chanting for an end to surveillance.
They also held signs condemning the New York City Police Department for allegedly infiltrating mosques, spying on Muslim student groups, cataloguing Middle Eastern restaurants, and compiling data on Arab cab drivers.
The profiling of Muslims in New York City came to light recently, as a result of an investigative report made public by the Associated Press. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has authorized the use of undercover police and intelligence officials to infiltrate Islamic institutions, in an effort to ensure that there will not be another Muslim terrorist attack in the city.