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Information about the Department of Justice’s Consent Decree with the Newark Police Department

Most recent status reportIndependent Monitor - Second Quarterly Report
 

Community Events

  • Nov. 20, 2017: Independent Monitor will be hosting a “meet the Monitor” event to discuss the Second Quarterly Report. Event will be held at Jehovah-Jireh Praise & Worship Church Center at 505 South 15th Street, Newark, NJ 07103, between 6:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
     
  • June 27, 2017: Community forum to Discuss NPD Use of Force & Bias-free Policing Policies - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at NAN Newark Tech World located at 400 Hawthorne Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. The Forum includes panels featuring representatives from the NPD, the Independent Monitoring Team, and the Newark community, with public discussion following afterwards. The NPD's use of force and bias-free policing policies can be found below, or at www.newarkpdmonitor.com.
Forum on NPD's Use of Force & Bias-Fee Policing Policies on June 27, 2017 at 400 Hawthorne Ave, Newark, NJ 07112
  • June 19, 2017: Monitor's Presentation on the First Qurterly Report - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Stephan's Church, located at 7 Wilson Ave, Newark, NJ 07105. The first quarterly report covers the reporting period from July 12, 2016 through January 31, 2017. It provides the background and history of the Consent Decree, summarizes the Monitoring Team’s activities during the reporting period, and provides a status update on Newark and NPD’s progress towards implementing the requirements of the Consent Decree.
Flyer for Monitor’s Presentation on the First Quarterly Report. The event will take place on June 19th at St. Stephan’s Church, located at 7 Wilson Avenue, Newark, NJ 07105

2017 Developments

Update 10.6.17: Independent Monitor of the Newark Police Division, Peter C. Harvey, and the Independent Monitoring Team released its second quarterly reportIndependent Monitor - Second Quarterly Report

The second quarterly report covers the reporting period from Febuary 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017. It provides the background and history of the Consent Decree, summarizes the Monitoring Team’s activities during the reporting period, and provides a status update on Newark and NPD’s progress towards implementing the requirements of the Consent Decree.

Update 4.24.17: Independent Monitor of the Newark Police Division, Peter C. Harvey, and the Independent Monitoring Team released its first quarterly reportindependent_monitor_-first_quarterly_report_final.pdf

The first quarterly report covers the reporting period from July 12, 2016 through January 31, 2017. It provides the background and history of the Consent Decree, summarizes the Monitoring Team’s activities during the reporting period, and provides a status update on Newark and NPD’s progress towards implementing the requirements of the Consent Decree.

Update 2.24.17: The final version of the First-Year Monitoring Plan has been filed with the court:  npd_1st_year_monitoring_plan.pdf

The plan, which was a joint effort between the Monitor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, the City of Newark and the Newark Police Division, is intended to be a road map to achieve compliance with the consent decree during its first year of implementation.


Summary and Resources

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (collectively “the DOJ”) issued a report in July 2014 finding a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department and reached an agreement in principle with the City of Newark to undertake wide-ranging reforms within the Police Department. These included: selecting an independent court-appointed monitor and incorporating those reforms in a judicially enforceable consent decree.

The DOJ and the City of Newark then solicited applications from potential monitors. After receiving and reviewing 21 applications, interviewing potential monitors, and soliciting the input of members of the community in writing and in person at information sessions across the city, the DOJ and the City chose Peter C. Harvey, Esq., of Patterson Belknap, to serve as the court-appointed monitor.

The selection of Mr. Harvey was announced on March 30, 2016, in conjunction with the filing by the DOJ and the City of the fully negotiated consent decree in Newark federal court. On May 5, 2016, the court approved the monitor and entered the consent decree.

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How to reach us

For more information about the Monitor: https://www.newarkpdmonitor.com

For more information about the Civil Rights Division, please visit http://www.justice.gov/crt/.

If you have a federal civil rights complaint specific to New Jersey, please direct it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey civil rights complaint hotline at 855-281-3339 or submit a written complaint to http://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement.

Updated October 31, 2017

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