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Clarkstown Police Allegedly Surveilled Ramapo Community Group, Report Says

The Rev. Dr. Weldon McWilliams, spokesman for We The People, said an investigation of group member's could be considred racial profiling.
The Rev. Dr. Weldon McWilliams, spokesman for We The People, said an investigation of group member's could be considred racial profiling. Photo Credit: Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- An investigation by NBC 4 New York has revealed that despite denials by Clarkstown police officials and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, members of the Strategic Intelligence Unit, did gather intelligence information about members of the local community group, We The People, according to News4.com.

The report, obtained by the news station, contained information on 13 members of the group which is known for sponsoring local community events, has group members up in arms over the invasion of their privacy, said News4.com.

The three members who were shown their dossiers, say they are not involved in any wrongdoing and felt the action should be considered racial profiling, added NBC4.com.

Some of those profiled included a nurse, a local minister and a hospital analyst, said News4.com.

The check was done when the group sold tickets for a play in Haverstraw "A Clean Shoot," that tells the story of a veteran police officer who is gunned down by another officer. The group's spokesman Weldon McWilliams, said the group thought the movie would provide a good look at the situation and was not about advocating violence against the police, News4.com reported.

Rockland County officials, who at first denied running the names through a criminal database, said that the word "shoot" is one regularly scanned online and that the background was done to protect the group members and only run through the Clarkstown police database, said News4.com.

Click here to read the NBC New York story.

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