In the year since the ACLU of New Jersey sent a battery of grievances to the Department of Justice asking it to investigate the Newark Police Department, a few things have happened.
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The culture of a police department determines the extent of misconduct, and this certainly applies to Newark, NJ.
If DeMaio's disciplinary records stay hidden, the city of Newark misses a rare opportunity to shift the tone of the Newark Police Department. Mayor Booker must embrace a transparent process if he has any hope of earning public support for his pick.
Today we petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Newark Police Department, building a case for the federal agency to end the entrenched patterns of police abuse.
To uncover the true costs of police misconduct, the ACLU of New Jersey has combed court databases, meeting minutes and a battery of public records.
If the money Newark spends to defend and compensate for police officers' mistakes went towards reforms instead it would save money, lives, and public confidence in the long run.
Christie proposes slashing $7.5 million of funding for women's health and reproductive services, in a move that would undermine basic health care and erode fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the law.
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