October 18, 2017 - 12:02 PM EDT ACLU wants FBI records on activists labeled 'black identity extremists' GETTY BY ALI BRELAND The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pushing for the FBI to release documents on the surveillance of black individuals reportedly labeled by the agency as "extremists." The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Wednesday alongside the Center for Media Justice to obtain the documents, questioning the constitutionality of a leaked report. The groups pointed to an FBI "Intelligence Assessment" document leaked to Foreign Policy in August titled "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers." The document, which says that some black individuals are an increasing threat to police, has been criticized as racist and caused alarm among advocacy groups. The ACLU charges that the report might not be constitutional on the grounds that the government is barred "from targeting people because of their racial identity or because they take part in First Amendment-protected activities, which include protesting racism and injustice." "The FBI's report is a red flag that the bureau is once again profiling Black activists because of their beliefs and race," Nusrat Choudhury, an attorney with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, said in a statement. "The public deserves to know whether the labeling of so-called 'Black Identity Extremists' is the latest flawed example in the FBI's history of using threats - real or perceived - as an excuse to surveil Black people," Choudhury added. The Center for Media Justice, a racial advocacy group, argued that the report was indicative of a climatecreated by the Trump administration. https://www.google.com/amp/thehill....-fbi-to-release-surveillance-documents-of?amp .