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ACLU claims NJ police deter public complaints

The attorney general responded to the report by advising police chiefs to review procedures and use training materials provided by the state

By Barbara Boyer and James Osborne
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, N.J. — More than three-quarters of New Jersey police departments failed to give the public correct information when they were asked how to file a complaint against officers, the American Civil Liberties Union has found.

The organization Tuesday released a report based on a 2012 survey of 497 departments. It followed a similar study conducted in 2009 that produced similar findings. "The results remained disconcerting," the report said. "Once again, a majority of local departments provided inaccurate information in response to the most basic questions regarding individuals' rights to file [internal affairs] complaints."

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