DOJ Investigation Targets New Jersey PD for Excessive Force, Unlawful Searches

The Trenton, New Jersey police department, and the city of Trenton, are under investigation by the Department of Justice following a review of multiple reports of excessive use of force, unlawful stop and searches, and other possible federal violations, Gloria Oladipo reports for The Guardian. “We have reviewed numerous reports that Trenton police officers may have used force inappropriately and conducted stops, searches and arrests with no good reason in violation of individuals’ constitutional rights,” Philip R Sellinger, the US attorney for the district of New Jersey, said in the release. The investigation into the Trenton police department is one of several being conducted by the justice department and could lead to a federal mandate to implement substantial reforms, also known as a consent decree.

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