A federal monitor overseeing the Newark police department will likely remain in place for years, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. And, the monitor will be consulting residents about police reforms along the way.
Those were the major messages of a presentation titled "What does the consent decree mean for me?", the first of a series of meetings officials plan to hold over the next several years regarding the federal oversight of the department.
Peter C. Harvey, the former state attorney general who was appointed federal monitor earlier this year spoke to city residents Monday night at St. John's Community Baptist Church...
Harvey and Fishman were joined by Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
Haygood described policing as "one of the most pressing issues of our time," and noted 2016 was the 49th anniversary of the 1967 Newark riots, which were sparked by the killing of a black cab driver by white police officers.
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