“Repeated civil rights violations make policing less effective and more dangerous.”
– U.S. Department of Justice
As the civil rights experts in the U.S. government have found, police officers police routinely violate the rights of Newarkers:
- 75% of pedestrian stops lack a constitutional basis.
- Black residents are 2.5 times more likely to be stopped, 2.7 times more likely to be subject to searched, and 3.1 times more likely to be frisked.
- One out of every five uses of force is excessive and unconstitutional.
- The accountability system is broken: from 2007-2012, Internal Affairs sustained only one excessive force allegation out of hundreds.
- Newarkers who criticize police or are disrespectful have been detained and arrested.
- Thousands of Newarkers have been unconstitutionally stopped by police for milling around or wandering.
Beyond the statistics, the damage done by unlawful policing to public safety and police-community relationships cannot be measured.
When Newarkers feel disrespected by police officers, distrust builds and community safety suffers.
Click here to hear directly from Newark community members impacted by civil rights violations by the NPD.
- Read the DOJ’s 2014 report (PDF) about policing in Newark
- Read the DOJ’s press release about its investigation into policing in Newark (Jul. 22, 2014)
- Learn about stop-and-frisk practices in Newark (2014) (PDF).