- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Members of the Muslim community have praised a deal to prevent illegal surveillance by the New York Police Department.

Federal Judge Charles Haight (hayt) held a hearing Tuesday before he decides whether to approve the latest version of restrictions on surveillance.

New restrictions were announced in January after The Associated Press revealed that New York City police spied on Muslims, infiltrated student groups and sent informants to mosques.

Lawyers in legal actions in Brooklyn and Manhattan negotiated the deal to change rules first set after a 1971 lawsuit challenged surveillance of war protesters in the 1960s and ‘70s. A 1980s decree was relaxed after the Sept. 11 terror attacks to help police fight terrorism.

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