NYPD surveillance criticized by FBI in N.J.
The comments today are the strongest denunciation of the NYPD tactics by a law enforcement official so far. The comments follow complaints from New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Senator Robert Menendez and Newark mayor Cory Booker.
The reactions from New Jersey officials stand in sharp contrast to the the reactions from New York lawmakers, which have ranged from full-throated and strong support for Kelly, to mild statements questioning the practice’s effectiveness.
Which is to say there seems to be a very heavy jurisdictional element to the fight over the surveillance program, in the sense that it has become a turf way between New Jersey and New York and now, publicly, between the F.B.I. and the NYPD.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne strongly rejected Ward’s characterization.
"Contrary to Mr. Ward’s assertions," Browne said, "the NYPD has established strong ongoing relations in the Muslim community, and our intelligence gathering has led to the capture of the radical converts."