NEWARK - The Newark City Council voted today to re-affirm Police Director Garry McCarthy by a slim five-vote majority.

The re-appointment came despite a lawsuit by the ACLU, demanding the department be placed under federal oversight, citing excessive force and false arrest complaints.

McCarthy told News 12 New Jersey exclusively that despite Newark's deadliest summer in two decades, shootings are down 40 percent and murders are down 20 percent.

Residents against McCarthy turned out to voice their opinions, lashing out at his record and the council members who supported him.

McCarthy will remain at his post for another four years. He says his top priorities are stopping the layoffs and demotions of more than 160 officers, and implementing a new community relations police strategy.

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