NJ FBI chief: NYPD's Muslim surveillance did more harm than good

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) top agent in New Jersey tells News 12 New Jersey's Kane in Your Corner that the New York Police

NEWARK - The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) top agent in New Jersey tells News 12 New Jersey's Kane in Your Corner that the New York Police Department's (NYPD) undercover surveillance of Muslim organizations likely did more harm than good.

Michael Ward, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark Division, said today that the damage to community trust appears to have outweighed the benefits of the investigation.

He added that if the NYPD had informed him about the plan, "I would like to think I would have advised them not to."

The FBI's agent-in-charge also said that based on what he has read, it does not appear the NYPD broke any laws. Ward admits that he does not know everything the department may have done, however.

Ward says that over the next few weeks, he'll reach out to the Muslim community to try to rebuild the relationship.

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