Hold Boonton Law Enforcement Accountable as We Reimagine Policing

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Data complied from NJ.com's Force report found that the Boonton Police Department uses force at a rate higher than 305 other departments in the state. During those uses force, 25.6% of subjects were injured while only 5.6% of Boonton police were injured (vs. statewide averages 21.35% and 9.3%, respectively).

1. TELLING THE PUBLIC WHAT POLICE ARE DOING: MAKE RECORDS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT AND POLICE TACTICS PUBLIC.

Police departments operate with utter secrecy. They shield information from the public about officers who commit misconduct and tools for surveillance. Concealing that information undercuts community control and prioritize police who abuse power over the communities who bear the damage. Disclose it.

2. HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT: EMBRACE STRONG CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARDS OF POLICE.

State law enforcement leaders oppose a key check on police: oversight from communities they claim to serve. People must have authority to investigate, set policy, and hold officers responsible for their actions. Let us exercise it.

3. ELIMINATE THE LEGAL PROTECTIONS THAT POLICE ESCAPE CONSEQUENCES: END QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.

The legal principle of qualified immunity, like in federal law, also exists in New Jersey law and makes it nearly impossible to hold police accountable when they use excessive force, commit crimes, or even kill people. End it.

This data indicates that Boonton Police Department needs to be retrained on de-escalation and racial bias because they are using force at higher rates than their cohorts statewide while seemingly facing less dangers and physical threats. They are also stopping Black citizens at clearly disproportionate rates.