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NEWARK, N.J. – The Department of Justice on Monday announced an investigation into the policies and practices of the police department of New Jersey's largest city.
The move comes months after the state American Civil Liberties Union complained of rampant misconduct and lax internal oversight at the Newark Police Department, although federal and city officials insisted that the ACLU's petition wasn't the main reason for the probe.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the probe will look into allegations of excessive force, discriminatory policing and poor treatment of detainees in holding cells. They will also investigate whether officers retaliate against those who legally observe, or record, police activity.
Fishman said justice officials will work with police, community members and other stakeholders to determine "whether there are systemic violations of the constitution or federal law" by the Newark Police Department.