The NYPD will honor its Intelligence Division during its annual Medal Day Tuesday, despite the controversy surrounding the unit for spying on Muslims.
The division will be one of a dozen units receiving special citations.
A Pulitzer-Prize winning Associated Press investigative report said the unit conducted broad surveillance of Muslims in New York and New Jersey.
Muslim Advocates, a New Jersey-based group, filed a lawsuit against the city last week, claiming the practices were unconstitutional and ordering the department to destroy collected surveillance.
The NYPD will honor the Intelligence Division for “exemplary work in combatting terrorism and reducing crime throughout the city,” officials said. The department says the unit has always acted within the law and credits it with foiling two terrorism plots to set off bombs last year.
Officials will also award posthumous medals of honor to Detective Peter Figoski, who was shot and killed when he confronted a robber in Brooklyn in December, and Officer Alain Schaberger, who died when he was shoved over the railing of a Brooklyn stoop in March 2011 while trying to subdue a man assaulting his wife.
(Source: NY Daily News)