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POLICE CONTINUE CHOKEHOLD DESPITE CONCERNS

SUPPOSEDLY BANNED, CHOKEHOLD STILL USED BY NYPD

In 1993, the New York Police Department publicly admonished its officers to refrain from using the popular "chokehold" to restrain suspects. However, in the aftermath of the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in Staten Island, as the result of a chokehold, it's clear that the tactic is still being taught and used on a regular basis. New police inspector general Philip K. Eure conducted an investigation of Garner's death and of the use of chokehold tactics, and issued a report that indicated that police officers too often employed a chokehold when facing "mere verbal confrontation," as video cameras show in the Garner case.

Police Misconduct in New Jersey - Officer Indicted on Stalking & Harassment Charges

As social media grows, with new platforms for communication springing up yearly, social media stalking also grows in numbers. Stalking of any kind is not limited to civilians - an Ocean County grand jury has indicted Brick Township police officer Justin Delaney on official misconduct charges for allegedly harassing a former girlfriend via Instagram and Facebook between November 2012 and May 2013.

NEWARK POLICE VIOLATING CIVIL RIGHTS

The Newark Police Department, New Jersey's largest department, is a thousand-member force that patrols one of the Northeast's most violent cities. This NJPD will be placed under federal oversight, and court-ordered reform, for violating its residents' civil rights by:

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW - CIVIL RIGHTS CASES

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court took historic steps in two civil rights cases.

MOUNT LAUREL NJ - CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION ALLEGATION AGAINST STATE TROOPER

Richard Greenberg, a Mount Laurel, NJ man, says his two year old Nissan Maxima was still humming when he dropped it off for a basic oil change. The total bill to change its high - quality synthetic oil should have been $62. Unfortunately, Mr. Greenberg ended up with a bill twice double that amount - and a car that was no longer running. When he attempted to protest the service, he was visited by a state trooper at his home, who then arrested him until he paid the outstanding bill.

Protecting Your Civil Rights

While the U.S. Constitution is the foundation for your protection against abuses in criminal matters, it also provides the framework for your civil rights as well. In fact, the 1st Amendment to the Constitution focuses entirely on your civil rights, preventing the government from abridging or violating specific freedoms, such as the freedom of speech, of religion and to peacefully assemble. Later amendments address such issues as equal protection under the law, forming the basis for most laws governing discrimination and harassment.

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