The New York City Police Department (NYPD) routinely violated rules governing intelligence-gathering while targeting American Muslims for surveillance after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new report.
The report, released on Tuesday by the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD, said 95 percent of police investigations governed by the guidelines involved individuals or political activities predominantly associated with Muslims.
The report was intended to measure NYPD’s compliance with a longstanding set of rules, known as the “Handschu” guidelines, first imposed on the department decades ago as part of a federal court settlement. However, the regulations were relaxed following the 9/11 attacks to allow police to expand counter-terrorism and intelligence efforts.
“These failures cannot be dismissed or minimized as paperwork or administrative errors,” the report said. “The very reason these rules were established was to…