WNYC's Bob Hennelly is an award-winning investigative journalist. While at WNYC he has reported on a wide gamut of major public policy questions ranging from immigration and homeland security to power outages and utility mergers.
ACLU: NJ Police Failed to Fully Report Civilian Complaints
Friday, June 05, 2009
New York, NY —
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.