The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is currently working to develop and build its infrastructure so that it can best serve the needs of Newark’s residents and other citizens that would like to entertain a complaint.
If you would like to contact the CCRB, please contact 973-792-9160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations are in order to our newly elected-U.S. President, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. and Vice-President elect, Kamala Devi Harris, as national election results have confirmed their victory.
This election proved to be the highest voting effort by the American people for a U.S. President and Vice-President of all time. Consequently, there was a record voting turnout counted for our new President/Vice-President-elect (Biden/Harris) and counted for the former President/Vice-President (Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence).
Clearly, this historic occasion resonates with significant importance in our society, pertaining to embracing and accepting our democratic values. With that said, the Newark, NJ Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) looks forward to the day where that embracement and acceptance of the democratic process will eventually lead our society to incorporate those important attributes in addressing misconduct behavior by Law Enforcement Officials across our nation.
In recent months, we have all witnessed egregious, abusive and dehumanizing acts by some Law Enforcement Officials, involving excessive use of force that has led to the unfortunate deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jonathan Price and the paralyzing state of Jacob Blake.
The Newark CCRB truly believes that this change in our Presidency/Vice-Presidency will spearhead stakeholders to ultimately look more closely at police brutality matters. With the necessary tools, we can avoid instances regarding unnecessary death and injuries resulting from unlawful and unethical police conduct and the violation of civil rights of all human life in this Country.
Despite the recent opinion of the N.J. State Supreme Court, the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) plans to function with even more vigor.
Stripping the CCRB of subpoena and concurrent investigative powers may seem damaging right now, but we are still moving forward, in terms of operations. As Chairman, I am honored to work with Commissioners who are highly intelligent, with a staff that is extremely competent, and with our residents, who believe in our much-needed service.
Our mission is not to just address misconduct activities by Newark Police Division members, but to establish better communications and foster a better relationship with our Law Enforcement brothers/sisters and the Newark community.
Essentially, the CCRB is looking to prevent incidents such as the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and just, this week, the shooting of Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Effective CCRBs can help prevent these types of fatal matters, but they need to be equipped with subpoena and investigative powers in order to sustain fairness and have true accountability, which will spearhead a measure of equality in seeking justice.
Legally, there are plans in the works, regarding next steps. Earlier this week, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, other mayors from around the state and N.J. ACLU officials held a press conference that touched on all viable options.
The Newark CCRB supports these options but, meanwhile, we intend to perform our daily duties in a top-tier fashion, with the hopes of ascertaining much-needed change in the future, in order to serve our community better and to set a national standard.
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