John Jay College President Calls Out NYPD for Spying on Muslim Students

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) take part in a promotion ceremony attended by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Police Headquarters on January 27, 2012 in New York City. Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down, saying that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. Commissioner Kelly refused to answer questions relating to rape allegations involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images2012 Getty Images

Earlier this week, the AP revealed that 19-year-old Shamiur Rahman had been acting as a paid informant for the NYPD, who had sent him to spy on members of a Muslim student group at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Fittingly, the school's president, Jeremy Travis, has announced that he is "deeply troubled" by the matter. In a letter to faculty and students, Travis said that he was unaware of the police operation on his campus: "I trust that you would agree that, in certain limited circumstances it is appropriate for law enforcement agencies to use informants to uncover criminal activity," he wrote. But, he added, "There is no evidence...that this is the case at John Jay and we have not been advised otherwise." So far, the police have declined to comment on Travis's concerns.