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SHOTLIST:AP PHOTO - AP CLIENTS ONLY1. STILLS of NYPD surveillance documentsAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPaterson, New Jersey - February 24, 20122. Various wide shots of people around Omar mosqueAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - April 15, 20143. SOUNDBITE (English) Donna Lieberman, Director, NYCLU (transcript below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPaterson, New Jersey - February 24, 20124. Various wide shots of people around Omar mosqueAP PHOTO - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - August 28, 20135. STILL of man holding protest sign AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - February 2, 20126. Wide of Muslim men kneeling in prayer7. Close-up of men prayingAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - April 15, 20148. SOUNDBITE (English) Donna Lieberman, Director, NYCLU (transcript below)AP PHOTO - AP CLIENTS ONLY9. STILL of woman holding protest sign AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPaterson, New Jersey - February 24, 201210. Various wide shots of people around Omar mosqueAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - February 2, 201211. Wide of Muslim men kneeling in prayerAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPaterson, New Jersey - February 24, 201212. Various wide shots of people around Omar mosqueVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:THE N-Y-P-D SAYS IT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO CREATE A COMPLETE PICTURE OF MUSLIM LIFE IN NEW YORK CITY.NOW.. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT HAS OFFICIALLY DISBANDED ITS 'DEMOGRAPHICS UNIT.'SOUNDBITE (English) Donna Lieberman, Director, NYCLU"it's an important first step towards ending the regime of massive dragnet surveillance of new york's muslim community."AN ASSOCIATED PRESS INVESTIGATION GOING BACK TO 20-11 DOCUMENTED THAT N-Y-P-D USED PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS TO EAVESDROP ON PEOPLE IN BOOKSTORES.. RESTAURANTS AND MOSQUES.SPYING ON MUSLIM NEIGHBORHOODS.. LISTENING TO SERMONS.. AND EVEN PHOTOGRAPHING LAW-ABIDING RESIDENTS.SOUNDBITE (English) Donna Lieberman, Director, NYCLU"mosques should not be the subject of routine massive surveillance we shoudl not have to worry abotu there being an undercover agent stationed in every middle-eastern grocery store." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT SPARKED PROTEST AGAINST THE CITY LED BY THEN-MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. IT SPURRED DEBATE OVER WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT WAS INFRINGING ON CIVIL RIGHTS.THE UNIT HAS BEEN LARGELY INACTIVE IN THE LAST FOUR MONTHS SINCE CURRENT MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO TOOK OFFICE.TODAY.. THE MAYOR'S OFFICE RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE: "Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair. This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys."ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.