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Former Newark Police Chief Pledges No NYPD-style Spying in Chicago

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chicago's police superintendent is pledging publicly that his force will never conduct blanket surveillance of Muslims like the New York Police Department did in Newark, N.J., when he was chief there.

Garry McCarthy addressed hundreds of Muslims on Saturday at the annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, a civil rights organization. He says police will follow leads, but the department "does not and will not conduct blanket surveillance and profiling of any community in the city of Chicago."

Chicago officials have tried to reassure Muslims after The Associated Press revealed the NYPD's spying in Newark. McCarthy says the NYPD only told him of the operation as a courtesy, but New York police say Newark leaders cooperated.

It was the first time McCarthy has spoken publicly about the strategy.

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