NEWARK NJ PD SETTLEMENTS WITH CITIZEN COMPLAINTS PROJECTS

24 lawsuits brought by citizens against the Newark Police, at a taxpayer cost of over $1.6 million. Thirty-one more citizen cases remain pending.

Although taxpayers must foot the entire bill for these settlements, Newark doesn’t readily publicize these cases or settlements, which leaves the public in the dark about what claims are made, how they are settled, and what if any corrective action results from these expensive resolutions.

And here’s where the ACLU-NJ comes in. Over the next 12 business days, we will present one case a day—either a settlement or a pending case—giving citizens a chance to read the facts of the cases for themselves and learn about the true costs of police misconduct in Newark—financial and otherwise

Day 1: Pendergrass and Gbor v. City of Newark
Excessive Force, Internal Affairs and Attempted Bribery, Settled May 2010,$150,000
Day 2: Stewart v. Gonzalez
False Arrest, Settled January 2010, $90,000
Day 3: Lighty v. City of Newark
Excessive Force, Settled January 2009, $60,000
Day 4: Morris v. City of Newark
Excessive Force, Litigation Pending, September 2009
Day 5: Cal v. City of Newark
Excessive Force, Improper Conduct and Internal Affairs, Settled October 2009, $30,000
Day 6: Burks v. City of Newark
False Arrest, Litigation Filed, January 2008
Day 7: Qualls v. City of Newark
Unlawful search, Excessive Force and False Arrest, Settled June 2010, $35,000
Day 8: Robinson and Thorne v. City of Newark
False Arrest and Excessive Force, Settled December 2008, $30,000
Day 9: Williams v. City of Newark
Unlawful Search and Excessive Force, April 2008, $250,000
Day 10: Snow, Administrator for Moore v. Newark Police Department
Death in Custody, Settlement, December 2009, $1,000,000
Day 11: Quodomine v. City of Newark
False Arrest, Mistreatment of Journalist and Extortion, Litigation filed, October 2009
Day 12: Rosario v. Carillo
Excessive Force, False Arrest and Conspiracy, Litigation Filed, September 2008
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THE SETTLEMENT PROJECT: EMPLOYEE EDITION

Between January 1, 2008 and the present, eleven cases brought against the Newark Police by its own employees settled, at a taxpayer cost of nearly $2.1 million. Seven more employee cases remain pending.
Although taxpayers must foot the entire bill for these settlements, Newark doesn’t readily publicize these cases or settlements, which leaves the public in the dark about what claims are made, how they are settled, and what if any corrective action results from these expensive resolutions.
Read about some of these cases in the The Settlement Project: Employee Edition.
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