Newark & DOJ file agreement

According to this announcement, the DOJ Civil Rights Division and Newark, NJ have filed a 5-year agreement with the federal court requiring a wide range of reforms in the police department. The plan follows an in-depth investigation that found “a series of troubling practices – including unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests; the use of excessive force; and theft by officers – in violation of the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments.  We found practices that not only broke the law, but also eroded trust.  We found policies that not only harmed residents, but also lacked accountability.  And we found systems that not only failed the community, but also failed officers themselves.”

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