Justice Department Opens Probe into Trenton, NJ and Trenton Police Department

Justice Department Opens Probe into Trenton, NJ and Trenton Police Department

The Justice Department has initiated an investigation into the city of Trenton, New Jersey, and the Trenton Police Department (TPD). The probe aims to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution and federal law by the TPD. Specifically, the investigation will focus on the department’s use of force, as well as its stops, searches, and arrests.

In a press release, the DOJ stated that the investigation will encompass a comprehensive review of TPD policies, training, supervision, complaint intake, internal investigation protocols, complaint reviews, complaint adjudications, and disciplinary decisions. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey is collaborating with the DOJ in this investigation.

The inquiry is centered on whether TPD officers have deprived individuals of their rights guaranteed by law, guided by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke emphasized the importance of public trust and confidence in law enforcement, stating that the investigation was prompted by publicly available information and other provided data suggesting potential violations of the Constitution and federal law.

The DOJ also announced its intention to engage with community groups and members to gather information about their experiences with the Trenton Police Department.

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