NYPD Doesn’t Have to Disclose Whether They Spied on Imam, Student: Judges

A New York State appeals court unanimously ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department (NYPD) does not need to disclose records relating to investigations or surveillance of a Harlem imam and a Rutgers University student.

Talib W. Abdur-Rashid, the imam, and Samir Hashmi, the student, had made their requests in 2012 under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The NYPD, however, invoked what is known as the Glomar response, a rule that allows agencies to neither confirm nor deny the existence of records if doing so would harm law enforcement efforts.  Continue…