NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement between the federal government and New Jersey's largest city over the way its police department conducts its business.
Federal officials announced approval for the deal with Newark on Friday. It includes installing former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey to serve as a monitor over the department for five years.
Newark's police department has been operating under a federal monitoring agreement after the Justice Department validated many allegations in a 2010 American Civil Liberties Union complaint that accused police of rampant misconduct, use of excessive force and lax internal oversight.
The Justice Department found police routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and stole property from civilians. It found the police department's oversight was deficient to prevent and punish misconduct.