April 2, 2016

Newark agrees to consent decree aimed at slashing unfair stop and frisk

Popular Resistance - Police in Newark, New Jersey, will institute sweeping reforms to resolve allegations of widespread civil-rights violations under the supervision of a federal monitor, U.S. and city officials announced.

The changes will settle allegations by the U.S. Justice Department that the police department in New Jersey’s largest city engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional practices that targeted black residents for unwarranted street stops, used excessive force and stole residents’ property.

The reforms were part of a 74-page consent decree that requires approval from a federal judge.

In 2014, the Justice Department said a multiyear review of Newark’s police department showed 85 percent of pedestrian stops involved black people, who comprise roughly 54 percent of Newark’s population of 277,000. It also said officers failed to offer a legal justification for three-quarters of pedestrian stops.

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