The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has accused US police of spying on thousands of social media posts of Muslims and African Americans in Boston.
The ACLU of Massachusetts said on Wednesday that the Boston Police Department used an online surveillance system, called Geofeedia, from 2014 to 2016 to spy on online comments from Muslims and African Americans.
“The BPD treated ordinary citizens discussing ordinary affairs as justifiable targets of surveillance,” the group said in a statement.
“What it did not do … was deter or help solve serious crimes,” it added.
The Boston police monitored on African Americans and Muslims by creating online alerts for the use of innocuous Arabic words and the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #MuslimLivesMatter, the civil rights group said.
The ACLU report was based on documents obtained through a public records request. The report said police treated people as suspicious on the basis of their race,…