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ACLU: NJ Police Failed to Fully Report Civilian Complaints

Friday, June 05, 2009

A new survey finds widespread problems in how New Jersey's local police departments handle civilian complaints. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

HENNELLY: The ACLU survey found half of the 500 police agencies it canvassed won't take anonymous complaints against police officers. That contradicts state law, requiring all complaints be logged and formally investigated. New Jersey's 21 county prosecutors are responsible for monitoring how well police investigate their own officers. Yet the ACLU survey found almost all of the prosecutors don't know if police departments are complying with even the most basic internal affairs requirements for processing civilian complaints. A spokesman for state attorney general Anne Milgram says she's received the report and is studying the ACLU's ideas for reforms. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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