Newark — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is conducting a public education blitz throughout the city of Newark today to raise awareness of public's rights when confronted by the police. ACLU-NJ Volunteers will be distributing hundreds of "Bust Cards" to passersby in the Central and East Wards.
"The number of complaints to our office about police practices in Newark keeps growing," said Ed Barocas, Legal Director for the ACLU-NJ. "We want to arm people with knowledge they need to assert their rights."
The ACLU-NJ's "Bust Cards" provide clear and simple information about how best to manage a confrontation with police. The distribution of the cards, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, falls on October 22, the International Day Against Police Brutality. Volunteers will distribute them at Penn Station, in the Ironbound and other downtown locations.
Police practices are a top priority for the ACLU-NJ which has led advocacy for best police practices throughout New Jersey. It recently released a report on access to Internal Affairs in local police departments, which receive little oversight. The organization will soon release a report on police use of Confidential Informants in New Jersey. In addition, the ACLU has several ongoing lawsuits against Newark and other police agencies.