'Mosque Crawlers' and other NYPD Surveillance Tools

(Screenshot from AP video story)

In the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Associated Press is out with a detailed look at how the NYPD keeps tabs on “ethnic neighborhoods” in and around New York City.

“Ethnic mapping” is one technique the NYPD uses, according to the AP:

“They have informants that go in and out of mosques, They’re called ‘mosque crawlers.’ They have undercover NYPD officers who just troll ethnic neighborhoods — they’re called ‘rakers.’ They’re just mapping the human train of the city. They’re job is just to look for hotspots, what’s going on in the cafes, the bars, the clubs, the bookstores of ethnic neighborhoods inside New York City.”

“The NYPD denies it trolls ethnic neighborhoods. It says it only follows leads.”

Video after the jump.

'Mosque Crawlers' and other NYPD Surveillance Tools