This week the U.S. Attorney Office announced that there would be an investigation made into misconduct of the Newark Police Department. The allegations that have been several violations of the Civil Right Act of 1964. The allegations include retaliation against anyone who video tapes or record police misconduct. The ACLU investigated over 400 instances of misconduct over the past several years. The Department of Justice will be using their resources in order in investigate these allegations.
If there is any validity to these violations, then there could be several legal ramifications with regards to arrests made by the police department over the past several years. If it is found to be true that members of the police department made false charges against individuals in the community then wouldn’t all arrests be questioned. Were drugs planted on defendants? It could mean a mountain of appeals and motions to vacate sentences.