Take Action! Support DOJ Intervention in the Newark Police Department
Behind every case of police misconduct you'll find one person's story. Behind 400 cases of police misconduct, you'll find the story of a dark side of a police department. In Newark, it's a heartbreaking portrait.
With a 96-page petition detailing citizens' injuries and officers' near-immunity, the ACLU-NJ appealed to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to save the long-troubled Newark Police Department through federal intervention.
Here's some of what we found combing records from January 2008 through June 2010:
- Out of 261 complaints of serious misconduct filed with internal affairs, the department substantiated only one — an allegation of false arrest.
- One police officer's beating fractured several parts of one man's face and jaw.
- A man suffered permanent, debilitating spinal cord injuries from a police officer - which is just one of the 177 settled and pending claims of excessive force.
- Police beat and urinated on a juvenile who refused to admit involvement in a crime, only for the department to "lose" the soiled t-shirt submitted as evidence to internal affairs.
- People who attempted to file complaints with internal affairs faced intimidation and harassment.
- Seven people documented in the petition died at the hands of the NPD.
- Several people lost jobs because wrongful arrests kept them from work.
The action you take today could help Newark start a new chapter.
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