Use and Abuse of Police Powers: Law Enforcement Practices and the Minority Community in New Jersey   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The public is often angered by allegations that police officers use excessive or fatal force and are not held accountable for their actions. This report by the New Jersey Advisory Committee was prompted by one such case in Teaneck, New Jersey, involving a white police officer and a black youth, who was killed while fleeing arrest. The incident precipitated a civil disturbance and a string of local protest demonstrations against police abuse, lasting more than a year. The Committee learned that minority community leaders were very concerned about law enforcement practices as they affected minority groups across the State. Based on a 1991 forum and monitoring through June 1992, this report profiles law enforcement policies and procedures related to police brutality in New Jersey. Its conclusions and recommendations stem from the Committee's view that volatile incidents will be better handled and community tensions lessened when complaints of police bias are reviewed by civilian boards. The Committee also points to the need for mandatory police officer training to improve the quality of law enforcement services."

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