Justice Department investigates ACLUs call for federal oversight of Newark police | NJ.com

Posted: January 21, 2011 by scaryhouse in Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Uncategorized

NEWARK — The U.S. Department of Justice is actively investigating the American Civil Liberties Union’s call for federal oversight of the Newark Police Department, talking with law enforcement and civic leaders and seeking details of police abuse allegations.A city councilman, three civil rights leaders, the presidents of Newark’s police unions and a defense attorney who often represents officers accused of misconduct all said they have been approached by federal officials since October.The probe has focused largely on excessive force complaints and the department’s internal affairs bureau, according to those involved. They said investigators also asked to speak with victims of alleged abuse and requested union documents.

via Justice Department investigates ACLUs call for federal oversight of Newark police | NJ.com.

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