On April 30, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed an Executive Order to establish a Civilian Complaint Review Board to oversee the Newark Police Department.
Comprised of nine people, the board will review complaints against police behavior, and have the power to receive, investigate, hear, make findings and recommend action upon complaints by members of the public (including but not limited to complaints made by other police officers or personnel) against uniformed members of the police department that allege misconduct involving excessive use of force, abuse of authority, unlawful arrest, unlawful stop, unlawful searches, discourtesy, or use of offensive language, including, but not limited to, slurs relating to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Their findings will be submitted to the Police Director. No current or former police employees, excluding the Inspector General, will serve on the board.
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