Newark Police Department (New Jersey)


In May 2011, the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (the Division) opened an investigation into the Newark Police Department in Newark, New Jersey. In July 2014, the Division identified a pattern or practice of unlawful stops, searches and arrests; discriminatory policing; excessive force; and theft by officers. The Division further identified concerns about gender bias in policing, discriminatory policing against members of the LGBTQ community, and failure to protect from harm in police lock-ups. In April 2016, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree, which remains in effect.

Fast Facts

Case Status: Ongoing
City and State: Newark, New Jersey
Year Initiated: 2011
Year Closed: Ongoing

Case Documents

Document Title PDF Link
Findings Report 2014 PDF
Consent Decree 2016 PDF