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    NY Court Urges Police to Disclose Spying on Black Lives Matters Protesters

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    New York Supreme Court ruled that the New York Police Department (NYPD) must disclose documents and recordings, revealing surveillance of Black Lives Matter movement peaceful protest in 2014 and 2015, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the New York Daily News exclusive materials, obtained on Wednesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez stressed that the NYPD made "blanket assertions" and failed "to particularize or distinguish their surveillance or undercover techniques and records."

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    A member of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 gestures while addressing a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Wolfe resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school.

    The case was brought by protester James Lodge, who filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to disclose the information, suspecting that police were "compiling dossiers" on the peaceful protest participants.

    NYPD though argued that revealing its tools and policies would contradict law enforcement work.

    Mendez signed the ruling, ordering the NYPD to comply with Logue’s request within 30 days, on Monday, though the information was disclose just on Wednesday.

    In December 2014, mass protests were staged at New York's Grand Central Station after grand jury had ruled out not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Afro-American Eric Garner, killed in July, despite video materials and media report, proving officer's guilt.

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