U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), an original member of the House Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, today released the following statement in reaction to reports of the New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey.
"All of my experience with the New York City Police Department as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee has been good. But there’s no reason for the NYPD to be engaging in a surveillance operation in New Jersey without first communicating with the U.S. attorney, the State Police and local law enforcement agencies," said Pascrell. "We must focus on behavioral profiling rather ethnic or religious profiling. That is, a person’s actions should be the only thing to attract the attention of law enforcement, not a person’s ethnicity or religion."