Police & Fire

September 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor Office has identified and charged the man believed to have killed community education organizer Johnnie Lattner in August.  Joshua Wise, 28, was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a ...

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NEWARK, NJ —The chief of police who oversaw a litany of major department reforms in Newark, including a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice, will step down this month, the city announced on Thursday.  Chief Darnell Henry, who was appointed by Mayor Ras Baraka in 2016, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Visitors often stop for donuts in downtown Newark, but not the kind that the Newark Police Division observed on Saturday.  According to Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, an alleged "flash mob" of bystanders and vehicles converged on downtown Newark over the weekend, resulting ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Authorities are investigating the death of well-known Newark education organizer Johnnie Lattner, who was found unresponsive in his residence Monday evening, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday. Lattner, 55, was not responding to phone calls or text messages for ...

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NEWARK, NJ— Less than a week after the LGBTQ community and allies decried the Newark Police Department's handling of the death of Ashley Moore, a transgender woman, the city is announced it will create a special hotline and other measures to strengthen its safety net of support for the LGBTQ ...

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NEWARK, NJ — LGBTQ advocates and family members of Ashley Moore, a 26-year-old transgender woman found dead outside the city’s YMCA on April 1, are taking Newark Public Safety officials to task after months of inaction in determining Moore's actual cause of death. Public Safety Director Anthony ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A wave of shootings and violence this summer in major cities across the United States is washing over Newark, leaving city officials and community arbitrators wringing their hands as COVID-19’s social fallout looms large.  At least 18 shootings and two stabbings occurred between ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new poll conducted by the Newark-based nonprofit Project Ready surveyed city residents on their sentiments about race and police reform in Newark, finding that more than half of participants strongly supported the city’s police reform efforts.  Out of 416 Newark residents, 60% ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Department of Public Safety will advance its efforts to hold police officers accountable through a new reporting system, which will make the identities of officers who commit serious policy violations available to the public.  The reporting system will be made available ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark City Council advanced legislation on Wednesday that takes a hard-line against racism and slashes the police division’s budget, redirecting up to $15 million toward community-based anti-violence efforts.  The ordinance, which was introduced by Mayor Ras Baraka on Friday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark police officer is under investigation following an incident captured on video showing the officer punching a man in the face and head while subduing him on Tuesday night, according to city officials.  Mayor Ras Baraka released a statement soon after the footage began to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Another member of Newark Police Division died of the coronavirus on Sunday, officials said, making this the fourth loss for the Newark Police Division in the past month.  Sgt. Michael Clegg, 53, died at Overlook Hospital in Summit, according to his family. He was a 27-year veteran ...

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NEWARK, NJ. — The Newark Department of Public Safety announced Friday that another member of its police division died due to the coronavirus, making this the third in its tally since the onset of the pandemic.  Officer Michael Connors, 58, died at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital on Thursday, his ...

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  NEWARK, NJ — Friends, family and loved ones of Newark Police criminal intelligence analyst Danny Francis gathered for his final send-off in Roselle on Saturday, bidding farewell to the former Essex County investigator before his interment at Hollywood Memorial Park.  Francis became the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark Police Intelligence Division Criminal Intelligence Analyst has died due to complications associated with the coronavirus, the Department of Public Safety announced today, making this the department's second member to succumb to COVID-19.  Daniel “Danny” Francis, 51, was a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The seniors of Newark’s low-income housing communities are some of the city’s most vulnerable residents as the coronavirus continues to ravage New Jersey, leaving many of them isolated and dependent on others for food and supplies.  As part of an effort to prevent the elderly from ...

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Newarkers are free to park on the street without worrying about getting a ticket - at least until the end of the month. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced that enforcement of parking violations that do not pose public safety hazards, such as the blocking of fire hydrants ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark code enforcement officer convicted of taking bribes from a man seeking to operate an after-hours social club received a five-year prison sentence on Monday, according to the Office of the Attorney General.  Tajji Williams, 43, appeared before an Essex County jury ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Eleven people using Stephen Crane Village Housing Complex for a drug trafficking organization were charged on Tuesday for their roles in the distribution of multiple narcotics, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  An investigation led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark's Public Safety Director said he believes criminal incidents in Newark can be reduced if people living in the suburbs would be more diligent in locking their vehicles and taking the key fobs with them after parking. “Cars are being stolen from the suburbs and surrounding ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Police are investigating the aggravated assault of a school employee and coach that occurred Tuesday outside Malcolm X. Shabazz High School allegedly by members of the school's basketball team, according to Newark authorities. “I spoke to the superintendent, principal, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Police Department reported a 73% decrease in excessive force complaints since 2010, illustrating a shift in culture envisioned by the federal consent decree, according to a recent status report filed by the City of Newark. The change of culture "cannot be completed in a ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Two Newark police officers are being lauded for saving the life of a suicidal 13-year-old boy on Monday who nearly jumped off the fire escape at a youth group home. Officer Shaquille Johnson and Sergeant Antonio Barbosa said when they arrived at the scene, a third officer was ...

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