NJ Muslim leaders meet with Newark officials over NYPD spying

Muslim community leaders met with Newark officials yesterday to discuss what to do after a recent report detailed the New York Police Department's intelligence gathering

NEWARK - Muslim community leaders met with Newark officials yesterday to discuss what to do after a recent report detailed the New York Police Department's intelligence gathering efforts in the city.

More than 100 people attended the five-hour meeting at the Robert Treat Hotel. Some say they feel threatened especially when they claim there was no reason for the NYPD to spy on them.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the NYPD infiltrated Muslim neighborhoods and student groups in Newark. A recent report also said millions of dollars in White House money is helping pay for New York Police Department programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance.

The money is part of a little-known grant intended to help law enforcement fight drug crimes. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to the New York and New Jersey region through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

A press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow at the Islamic Cultural Center in Newark to discuss more about the case.

AP wire services have contributed to this report.

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