Activists ask monitor to probe police surveillance

NEW YORK (AP) — Political activists want the New York Police Department's new inspector general to force the department to disclose the details and costs of a surveillance program targeting left-wing groups.

Representatives of the groups delivered a written complaint on Tuesday to the inspector general's Manhattan office.

The Associated Press disclosed in 2012 that the NYPD sent undercover officers to meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests.

A police spokesman said Tuesday that the department hadn't seen the complaint. He says the department would cooperate with any inquiry by the inspector general.

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