Justice Department reaches settlement with Newark police

Justice Department reaches settlement with Newark police

Justice Department reaches settlement with Newark police (3/30/16)

NEWARK - Federal officials have reached a settlement with the city of Newark over the way its police department conducts its business.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Wednesday that he has recommended to a judge that former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey serve as a monitor over the department for five years.

Newark's police department has been operating under a federal monitoring agreement after the Justice Department validated many allegations in a 2010 American Civil Liberties Union complaint that accused police of rampant misconduct, use of excessive force and lax internal oversight.

The Justice Department found police routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and stole property from civilians. It found the police department's oversight was deficient to prevent and punish misconduct.

Earlier this month, Newark officials approved a police civilian review board.

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