On 3 February 2012, about 200 people showed up form 3 to 5 PM for a rally outside One Police Plaza, chanting "Kelly and Browne, out of this town."
They protesters were joined by City Council members.
Two Jewish organizations -- Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and Jews Against Islamophobia -- also participated in the rally.
The rally was supported by thirty-three civil rights groups from around the country, who complained to the New York attorney general Friday about police documents that showed the New York Police Department recommending increased surveillance of Shiite mosques based on their religion.
"Just the fact of knowing there is someone out there trying to listen to my conversations that can turn me into some kind of criminal, which I'm not, and exploiting my religion, it hurts," said Sondos Alsilwi, an 18-year-old history major at City College and rally participant.
The NYPD has been exposed for participating in the making of, and the showing of the bigoted, Islamophobic film, "The Third Jihad" to 1,500 police officers, and then repeatedly lying about it.
The NYPD has also been criticized for spying on Muslim communities in mosques, schools, businesses, colleges, and community centers in the five boroughs.
The film depicts the majority of American Muslims as supportive of violent extremism, and specifically names several prominent Muslim organizations ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), MAS (Muslim American Society), CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), and others as examples of this. It also accuses the majority of American Muslims of secretly being part of a conspiracy to take over the U.S. government.
Commissioner Ray Kelly willingly participated in the making of the film, and while he has apologized, he has not explained why the NYPD chose to lie, on the record, about his participation for well over a year.
Igor Kossov, "Muslims rally, demand Kelly's resignation" Newsday February 4, 2012
Chris Hawley, "Muslims to NY attorney general: Investigate NYPD" Denver Post February 3, 2012
Jon Moscow, "Demand NYPD Accountability: Rally Friday, Feb 3" Jews Against Islamophobia February 2, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today