For decades, the ACLU-NJ joined with Newark residents in calls for civilian oversight of the Newark Police Department. In 2015-16, the ACLU-NJ, N-CAP and others worked with the mayor and city council to create one of the strongest civilian oversight boards in the country. After it was established, police unions challenged the powers of the civilian complaint review board (CCRB), and a trial court stripped the power of the CCRB to investigate police misconduct, hold hearings, and recommend discipline in response to complaints.
The ACLU-NJ and N-CAP filed friend of the court briefs arguing that the ordinance establishing the CCRB is lawful and carefully constructed to respect the rights of officers while meeting its goal of restoring public confidence and providing transparency in the investigation of police misconduct.
The appeal is pending.
- Newark: Appellate Brief (662 KB pdf)