Published November 29, 2018 at. 10:07 | Updated November 29, 2018 at. 11:03
By Carla Astudillo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
You’ve never seen anything like this in New Jersey.
For the first time, you can search to see how often your local cops use some form of power – from battles and kicks to plays and shots – against anyone.
See how they compare to other officials in their department, as well as officials in other departments across the state. And there are some big differences depending on where you live.
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What is the police’s use of force?
What is Force Report?
A 16-month survey of New Jersey’s broken systems to track and stop aggressive police before causing unnecessary damage and costly trials. NJ Advance Media reporters submitted 506 public records requests and collected 72,607 usage requirements covering 2012 to 2016, the last full year available.
Read the FAQs about Force Report.
What did the survey find?
New Jersey’s police force tracking system is broken, without national gathering or data analysis, small government officials and no common practice among local departments.
Among the findings:
- Force is a common and necessary part of the police, NJ Advance Media found clear differences across the state that warrant review.
- When the police use violence, the efforts are high. At least 15,000 people were injured by the police from 2012 to 2016.
- Everywhere a black person was more than three times more likely to face police force than anyone who is white.
- The system for reporting violence against the police is a mess.
- New Jersey fails to monitor trends for flagship personnel using disproportionately large amounts of violence.
Read the full story of the most important findings of the investigation.
What are the state answers?
As a result of the investigation, state prosecutor Gurbir Grewal announced the entire system for tracing the police’s use of violence was broken and promised a major review.
“The reporting you have done and the hoops you had to skip by getting these data is completely unnecessary,” said Grewal. “It should not have taken you a year and 500 OPRA requests and we intend to make these data more accessible not only to the media but to the public. “
” People are entitled to know this information. “
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