Newark Council to Vote on Historic Ordinance Creating Civilian Oversight of Police

March 15, 2016

Civil rights, community organizations and Newarkers to make final push for ordinance to hold police accountable to the public

NEWARK – Community members and civil rights activists will converge on the steps of Newark City Hall at 6 p.m. and in chambers on March 16 for the Municipal Council’s 6:30 p.m. historic final hearing and vote on an ordinance creating a civilian complaint review board to hold police accountable.

Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP), a diverse coalition of advocates for police reform, has pushed for a strong, independent civilian board to review police misconduct complaints, carrying on a cause that has been 50 years in the making. Newark’s board would be one of the strongest in the country and the first in New Jersey.

WHAT:        Hearing and final Newark Municipal Council vote on an ordinance to create a strong, independent civilian complaint review board to hold the Newark Police accountable
WHEN:   Wednesday, March 16; advocates gather at 6 p.m., hearing begins at 6:30
WHERE:   City Hall Municipal Council Chamber
920 Broad Street
WHO:   • Members of the Newark Municipal Council
• Newark Communities for Accountable Policing
• Newark community members testifying about the need for police oversight

N-CAP and the members of its steering committee — 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, ACLU-NJ, Garden State Equality, Ironbound Community Corporation, NAACP-New Jersey State Conference, NAACP Newark Branch, New Jersey Communities United, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and People’s Organization for Progress — have called on the Newark Municipal Council to create a permanent police review board that has subpoena power, disciplinary authority and a lasting presence beyond any one mayoral administration.

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