Baraka postpones press conference on Newark police reforms after killing of NYC officers

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for
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on December 21, 2014

NEWARK — Mayor Ras Baraka has cancelled a press conference scheduled for Monday in the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers on Saturday.

Saying he was “very saddened” by the deaths of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, Baraka will wait until the new year to disclose details of a number of steps Newark will take in response to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found widespread civil rights violations by the city’s police department earlier this year.

The measures, which come five months after the DOJ released its findings, include the creation of a civilian complaint review board to examine allegations of officer misconduct, and the relocation of the department’s internal affairs unit to City Hall.

The city has also made other adjustments in response to Ramos and Liu’s death, ordering all police officers not to travel alone on duty.

In a statement, Baraka also extended his condolences to the entire New York City department, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.

“I ask that everyone in Newark send their well wishes and positive energy to the families of the slain officers and be forever mindful of the valor and selfless dedication that police officers convey each and every day.”

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