Comptroller Orders Audit of NYPD Camera System

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City Comptroller John Liu says his office is auditing the NYPD surveillance camera system to ensure that the department has the right civil liberty and privacy protections in place.

Liu announced the audit Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the NYPD secretly labeled mosques as terrorist organizations. The designation allowed police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams.

Liu, who’s running for mayor, condemned the police department’s tactics. He called it a betrayal of America’s founding principles.

The audit will focus on the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System. It uses computers to sort data from more than 3,000 cameras in public places.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has defended the department, saying it never engaged in racial profiling and only followed leads.