September 25, 2014
A movement to bring reforms and accountability to the Newark Police Department is taking root. Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP), a coalition of community and civil rights organizations dedicated to improving policing in the community, officially introduced itself Sept. 25 at the Unified Vailsburg Services Organization’s Community Center in the heart of Newark’s West Ward, at a community forum that featured a powerful evening of story-sharing.
Newark Civil Rights, Labor and Community Leaders Outline Necessary Reforms for Newark Police Department
August 07, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and 10 civil rights, labor and community organizations sent a letter (PDF) today to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels outlining 19 recommendations for the City of Newark and the United States Justice Department (DOJ) to include in a forthcoming consent decree to reform the Newark Police Department (NPD). The letter comes in response to the DOJ’s July 22nd report finding widespread civil rights and civil liberties violations by the NPD, and calling for the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee reforms of the department.