Feds: Newark police disproportionately target blacks, use excessive force

By | July 24, 2014

Federal investigators found that police repeatedly violated civil rights in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and the investigators also recommended that an independent monitor oversee changes, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday.

The report said that police violated rights through stop-and-arrest practices that disproportionately targeted African-Americans. It said rights were also violated through use of force, stealing property and cracking down on people who lawfully objected to police behavior.

The city has agreed to accept the findings of the DOJ probe, which has been underway since 2011, and suggested ways to stop the “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. (Al Jazeera America)

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