Faculty petition denounces NYPD leadership for spying on Muslim students

A petition currently circulating among faculty and CUNY and other campuses denounces the NYPD leadership for rights abuses against Muslim students. An excerpt of the petition reads:

The NYPD monitored Muslim student associations at local colleges—Brooklyn College, City College, Baruch College, Hunter College, Queens College, LaGuardia Community College and St. John’s University—and universities across the Northeast including Yale University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, and the University of Pennsylvania, going so far as to send undercover detectives to spy on student groups. Such surveillance has a chilling effect on student life and the intellectual freedom necessary for a vibrant academic community.

New York deserves police leadership with integrity that respects and protects the rights of all New Yorkers.  We call for Police Commissioner Kelly’s and Deputy Commissioner Browne’s resignation.

For the full position and information (for faculty) on signing, see http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/4471/faculty-petition-on-nypd-failure-of-leadership.

Yale President Richard Levin also denounced the NYPD’s actions on Monday, saying that “police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States.” For additional coverage of this story, see http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/02/first_came_the_shock_then.html and http://gothamist.com/2012/02/18/nypd_spied_on_muslims_at_yale_sent.php