Entertainment

Suit: Play about police violence, race sparks surveillance

Posted January 13

— A suburban New York community group says in a lawsuit it was racially profiled for producing a play about police violence called "A Clean Shoot."

The African-American group We the People says in court papers its 2015 play about a white officer who shoots a black off-duty officer sparked the scrutiny.

It says investigators had no reason to believe its members were violent or engaged in criminality.

The group is suing suburban Clarkstown, its suspended police chief and a retired detective who ran a controversial intelligence unit.

The Journal News (http://lohud.us/2jeLyWq ) reports Friday town officials had no comment.

A special prosecutor hired by the town has found the chief oversaw a unit that investigated two black groups and elected officials.

Lawyers for the chief and detective have denied any wrongdoing.

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