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NYPD Spied on African American Recording Artists

May 18, 2007 12:27 PM | Interesting Stuff | R&B | Rap | Comments (0)

The NYPD is watching you! It seems the infamous NYPD was spying on a few African American recording artists in the month prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention.  According to documents made public yesterday, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Alicia Keys were all monitored by police in the months before the 2004 RNC. 

The secret documents which consisted of 600 pages were released by the New York Civil Liberties Union, who is suing the city on behalf of demonstrators who were arrested.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Alicia had attended a rally held by Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network in Aug 2004, which raised political and voter awareness among urban youth.
According to Donna Lieberman, NYCLU Executive Director, "These documents paint a picture of a surveillance program that was broad, clumsy, and often unlawful.....The NYPD failed to differentiate between unlawful behavior and behavior that is not only lawful but should in fact be cherished and protected. Today the public can finally bear witness to that failure."     

The NYPD had fought the release of the documents, however, a judge ruled in favor of the NYCLU on May 4.  I can't believe they think African American recording artists are a danger to society.  This just tells us, that racism is alive and well in America.  Especially, in a city such as diverse and New York Ctiy.



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