Feds Looking Into Claims Against Newark Police

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The head of Newark’s Fraternal Order of Police says the U.S. Justice Department has contacted him as part of a preliminary investigation into allegations made by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU’s New Jersey chapter asked the government in September to provide federal oversight of Newark’s 1,300-officer department.

The group argued an independent monitor is needed because of a high number of excessive force and misconduct complaints against the department.

Hatcher says Justice Department officials visited him in December, and said they planned to interview people who had brought lawsuits against the department.

Hatcher told his officers to have an attorney or union rep present if they are interviewed.

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  • Captain Obvious

    I’m sure the Newark PD has quite a few “Justin Volpe” types in their department. I’m sure more than a few suspects walked out of there with splinters in their rectums.

  • Kid Viscious

    Newark police have been getting away with this behaviour for decades, at one time in the 70,s, the city required officers to actually live in Newark, never happened. This type of police bullying and sometimes murder also goes on in the surrounding cities, Irvington, and Hillside New Jersey.

  • jsigg

    The attached photo is of the Port Authority police, not Newark.

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