When his comment drew criticism

Ted Cruz campaign’s inaccurate claim about NYPD’s program spying on Muslim communities

canada goose clearance “We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” canada goose clearance

“Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies all have divisions that target threats like drugs, gangs, human trafficking, and organized crime. In New York City, Mayor de Blasio succumbed to unfounded criticisms and eliminated the efforts of law enforcement to work with Muslim communities to stop radical Islamic terrorism.”

Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart, statement clarifying Cruz’s statement, March 22, 2016

Terrorism and the threat of extremist groups are back in the spotlight of the presidential campaign, following the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels. canada goose outlet uk The Islamic State asserted responsibility for the three explosions that left more than 30 people dead.

canada goose coats In response to the attacks, Cruz called on police in the United States to “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods. When his comment drew criticism, specifically from the Council on American Islamic Relations, his campaign pointed to the New York Police Department’s practice after 9/11 of spying on Muslim communities for potential terrorist activities. Then the campaigncriticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for shuttering the surveillance program, saying he “succumbed to unfounded canada goose outlet kokemuksia criticisms” and “eliminated the efforts” of NYPD to work with Muslim communities. canada goose coats

How accurate is this characterization?

The Facts In 2011, the Associated Pressrevealed that the Demographics Unit in NYPD’s intelligence division was covertly monitoring Muslim neighborhoods andwatching mosques for the “likelihood of them being infiltrated by al Qaeda, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.”

buy canada goose jacket cheap NYPD mapped out the city canada goose outlet online store into zones based on Census data, and matched undercover officers to blend into ethnic communities. Undercover officers and informants eavesdropped on conversations and looked for “hot spots” that indicated signs of radicalization. buy canada goose jacket cheap

The program was shut down in 2014. But it is inaccurate to say that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “succumbed to unfounded criticisms,” or that it “eliminated” the department’s ability to “work with” the Muslim community.

canada goose factory sale When the practice was revealed, the NYPD received both praise and criticism. Supporters said the tactics were lawful and kept the city safe. Then Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended NYPD and the program, and NYPD claimed that the department has helped prevent 14 terrorist plots against New York since 9/11. But ProPublica reported the figure “overstates both the number of serious, developed terrorist plots against New York and exaggerates the NYPD’s role in stopping attacks.” In response to ProPublica’s findings, Bloomberg said “we’ll never know” how many plots the department truly thwarted. canada goose factory sale

canada goose black friday sale The 14 supposedly prevented attacks were not specifically related to the surveillance program. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose uk outlet “Related to demographics, I can tell you that information that have come in has not commenced an investigation,” Galati testified. The department did not admit wrongdoing. It agreed to pay about $2 million in attorneys fees, and to oversight canada goose outlet los angeles measures to make sure it is following guidelines to prevent religious profiling. canada goose uk outlet

Canada Goose sale Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, saidto our Washington Post colleaguesthe programwas “divisive and alienated Muslim communities from law enforcement. The settlement in our case should send a forceful message that discriminatory police practices are unlawful and unnecessary.” Canada Goose sale

The guidelines include mandatory reviews of terrorism investigations and the https://www.thecanadagooseoutlet.com appointment of a civilian representative (a lawyer who has never worked for NYPD) who can review terrorism investigations and take concerns to the police commissioner or a federal judge.

Canada Goose Online The unit was largely inactive and its detectives reassigned by early 2014, when canada goose outlet authentic NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton took over and disbanded it. Announcing the closing of the unit in April 2014,de Blasio said the decision was “a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our canada goose outlet toronto cops and canada goose outlet cheap canada goose price our citizens can help one another go after the real canada goose outlet las vegas bad guys.” Canada Goose Online

Canada Goose Outlet Cruz’s campaign did not respond to our inquiry for an explanation. De Blasio’s deputy press secretary Monica Klein said the claim is “blatantly false.” Canada Goose Outlet

The Pinocchio Test The Fact Checker takes no stance canada goose outlet 2015 on the merits of NYPD’s surveillance tactics or Cruz’s proposal to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. But his campaign goes much too far saying de Blasio “succumbed to unfounded criticisms and eliminated the efforts of law enforcement to work with Muslim communities to stop radical Islamic terrorism.”

There are two elements to this claim. First is that de Blasio ended the program because he “succumbed to unfounded criticisms.” There wascriticism, and whether it was”unfounded” may be a matter of opinion. But by the time that de Blasio and Bratton shuttered it, it was largely inactive.

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