75 Percent Of Newark New Jersey Police Stops Are Unconstitutional – Feds To “Monitor” Department – Mostly Targeting Black Community – Unreasonable Force Used In 20% Of Arrests Where Force Was Used
Originally posted on Experts At Work:
The Newark police department will be put under a monitor, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it issued a report alleging that as many as 75 percent of police stops in New Jersey’s largest city over the last several years were not legally justified.
The investigation began in 2011 and the Justice Department reviewed thousands of police documents and interviewed officers and commanders as well as residents in drafting the report.
In addition to the unconstitutional stops, investigators found use of force by Newark police officers was unreasonable in about 20 percent of all arrests where force was used. Only one excessive force complaint has been filed against Newark officers in the last six years.
The report concluded that “the black community bears the brunt of NPD’s unconstitutional stop practices,” according to a copy obtained by NBC 4 New York.
Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:
Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year.
The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws.
General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state.
“While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the state,” Mr. Cooper said.
A number of states, especially those that are conservative and gun-friendly, approached the Italian company last year after…
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Originally posted on CBS New York:
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Newark’s police department will undergo independent monitoring after a three-year federal investigation released Tuesday found what it called “a pattern of unconstitutional policing” that included excessive use of force and inadequate accountability.
The Justice Department probe began in May 2011 after the American Civil Liberties Union New Jersey filed a complaint claiming rampant misconduct in the department. It found problems with stop-and-arrest policies, police handling of complaints from residents and officers’ use of excessive force, which it said was unreasonable in more than 20 percent of cases.
The monitor should be appointed by September, WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reported.
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The report also found the department violated the First Amendment rights of residents who lawfully objected to police actions, and it found a pattern of officers in the narcotics…
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Originally posted on High Heels and Handguns:
James Dittrich was outside walking his dog for the last time that evening, little did he know, 2 criminals had selected their victim. As he was making his way up to his third floor apartment, he was attacked by 2 criminals who robbed him of his wallet and forced him into his apartment at gunpoint. Meredith Duffy, his fiance, was sleeping and unaware of the situation at hand. It didn’t take long for James to realize that by entering the apartment, he had put his fiance into great danger. One of the men found Meredith and sexual assaulted her. James was in the other, apparently unaware of what was happening to his fiance in the bedroom, was trying to make as much noise as possible to alert his neighbors. The rapist then grabbed Meredith out of the bed and threw her to the floor in the living room and…
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