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Newark’s Citizen Disciplinary Board Could Flex Rare Muscle Over Police

By Daniel Ross & Campaign Zero

Insight: Widely seen as watchdogs of the police, civilian review boards are charged with investigating complaints of police misconduct made by members of the public. There are more than 200 different civilian review panels around the nation, but they differ in their overall jurisdiction. Some have subpoena powers and the authority to demand police testimony. Some conduct their investigations alongside that of an internal affairs bureau, while others have sole investigatory powers. But few, if any, have the final say when it comes to imposing disciplinary measures—something that makes Newark unique.

More than one thousand activists gathered for a rally and march against police brutality in Newark, New Jersey on July 25 2015. Photo from Shutterstock.

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