(CBS News) A Muslim legal rights group is going to federal court Wednesday in New Jersey, claiming New York City's police department has violated the civil rights of innocent Muslims.
Earlier this year, the NYPD was criticized for a surveillance program targeting universities and mosques in several states.
The lawsuit is intended to take the controversy beyond the rhetoric and into the courtroom.
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The NYPD says it's just doing its job, and doing it legally, but the group of New Jersey Muslims charges that the NYPD gathered secret files on Muslims, not because they were suspected of any crime, but simply because of their religion.