Muslims to NYPD: 'Respect us, we will respect you'

November 18, 2011 - 2:50 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders of a Muslim protest in lower Manhattan are demanding respect from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Hundreds of Muslims gathered in prayer Friday to oppose a decade of police spying on Muslim communities. The crowd filled about three-fourths of Foley Square in lower Manhattan, not far from City Hall. Demonstrators were scheduled to march on police headquarters

"We are unapologetically Muslim and uncompromisingly American," imam Talib Abdur-Rashid told the crowd. To Kelly and Bloomberg, he added, "We want for you to respect us and we will respect you."

An Associated Press investigation revealed NYPD programs that documented on every aspect of Muslim life in New York. Police infiltrated mosques, catalogued Middle Eastern restaurants and monitored Muslims who changed their names.