Between January 1, 2008 and the present, eleven cases brought against the Newark Police by its own employees settled, at a taxpayer cost of nearly $2.1 million. Seven more employee cases remain pending.
Although taxpayers must foot the entire bill for these settlements, Newark doesn't readily publicize these cases or settlements, which leaves the public in the dark about what claims are made, how they are settled, and what if any corrective action results from these expensive resolutions.
And here's where the ACLU-NJ comes in. Over the next 12 business days, we will present one case a day, giving citizens a chance to read the facts of the cases for themselves and learn about the true costs of police misconduct in Newark — financial and otherwise.
Day 1: Miles v. City of Newark
Discrimination and Retaliation, Settled November 2008, $65,000
Day 2: Vilasoa v. City of Newark
Assault and Retaliation, Settled April 2009, $90,000
Day 3: Kerr v. City of Newark
Religious Discrimination and Retaliation, Settled December 2009, $129,178
Day 4: Locke v. City of Newark
Harassment and LGBT Discrimination, Settled November 2008, $135,000
Day 5: Wohltman v. The City Of Newark
First Amendment and Abuse of Subpoena, Settled May 2009, $147,325
Day 6: Montalvo v. City of Newark
Discrimination, Harassment, and Abuse of Subpoena, Settled June 2010, $185,000
Day 7: Hernandez v. City of Newark
Discrimination and Harassment, Settled January 2009, $195,000
Day 8: Rankin v. City of Newark
Wrongful Termination, Settled June 2008, $220,000
Day 9: Robinson v. City of Newark
Discrimination and Retaliation, Settled March 2009, $350,000
Day 10: Anthony Buono v. City of Newark
Retaliation, Settled April 2008, $210,000 plus value of reinstatement and promotions
- Day 11: Kraynanski and Bootes v. City of Newark
Overtime, Settled March 2010, $365,000
Day 12: Glenn Camuso v. City of Newark
Retaliation, Pending, Filed January 2010
- Take Action! Support DOJ Intervention in the Newark Police Department
- Star-Ledger Op-Ed: Newark Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers (2010)
- ACLU-NJ Petitions Justice Department to Intervene in Newark
The Settlement Project: Citizen Edition
Read about some of the 23 recently-settled cases against the Newark Police Department involving civilians, where people received payouts totaling over $1.6 million from the City of Newark because of some kind of police misconduct in the The Settlement Project: Citizen Edition. These cases include some claims of truly reprehensible brutality, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and negligence.