- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal monitor overseeing police reforms in Newark is seeking the public’s comments on a plan to address civil rights abuses.

Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey was appointed in May to serve as a monitor over the department for five years.

Harvey says the first report from an independent monitoring team will be released in March. Public comments about the forthcoming plan can be submitted online, by phone or mail.

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.

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