“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.
- 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).