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Thursday, May 06, 2021

As U.S. police grapple with how to reel in use of force, the Newark police department managed to go all of 2020 without a police shooting or death.

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...In 2016, just months before President Obama left office, the city of Newark agreed to a court-enforceable consent decree to overhaul the department. Former New Jersey Attorney General, Peter Harvey is the independent monitor in charge of overseeing that agreement.

Harvey: "It takes a while for the inevitability of a consent decree to sink in. But it is inevitable."

Among other things, the consent decree required new policies and training on: use of force, searches and seizures, bias-free policing, body cameras and internal affairs. The department is now "preliminarily compliant" with 40 different benchmarks among those categories.

Harvey: "There have been people waiting for this because this is who they thought they would be as police officers. ... They now have something to use to push back on those persons who want to keep things as they are."

Zero deaths and no use of a firearm in an entire calendar year was unheard of for the city of Newark before reforms were put in place. In 2016, the city saw a string of seven police shootings in seven months that left five residents dead....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-06 10:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Newark police department managed to go all of 2020 without a police shooting or death."

Sheepdogs there must be so incredibly scared. How do they know the police are protecting them, if the police haven't shot any wolves?

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-06 11:30 AM | Reply

So the cops have finally wized up. Sit in car, radio off, eat donuts. Go back to station.

#3 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-05-06 12:32 PM | Reply

@#3 ... So the cops have finally wized up. Sit in car, radio off, eat donuts. Go back to station. ...

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...Harvey: "What you want police officers to do is to protect the public, to be trained in a way that they make good decisions " knowing that they're not going to be perfect, and they are going to make mistakes along the line. What you don't want is intentional criminal conduct. Like we saw Minneapolis with George Floyd."

According to the Newark police, overall crime went down 6% in 2020 as part of a five-year trend of overall crime decline. ...



#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-06 01:16 PM | Reply

"According to the Newark police, overall crime went down 6% in 2020 as part of a five-year trend of overall crime decline."

Did violent crime go up or down?

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-06 01:52 PM | Reply

@#5

Here ya go... (only up to 2019, though)

www.city-data.com

Murders dropping, rape rising, robberies dropping, assaults about the same.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-06 02:07 PM | Reply

Most of the people police shoot are just doing what they have been doing, they just happened to be seen by police and tried to run away. Or cops who would have shot someone resisting arrest at a traffic stop just backed off and either the man complied or ran away, no shooting, no police report to make the news.

#7 | Posted by jdmeth at 2021-05-06 06:38 PM | Reply

"Most of the people police shoot are just doing what they have been doing"

And what about the others?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-06 06:50 PM | Reply

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