Segments in this Video

Newark City Council Meeting (02:19)


City Hall is filled with people talking about police accountability. Jelani Cobb wonders what it will take for policing to be different. (Credits)

Newark Police Department (04:17)

The department was accused of abusive, discriminatory policing and the D.O.J. demands reform. Cobb accompanies members of the gang unit on patrol and watches them perform field inquiries.

Locating Weapons and Drugs (07:09)

Cobb questions "reasonable suspicion"; a guy with a gun appears. Officers chase two more men and Cobb recognizes a lack of trust. He asks whether policing can be done while still respecting people's rights.

Police Brutality (02:28)

In 1967, authorities are accused of using unjustified force to quell riots. In the 1990s, the D.O.J. receives power to investigate police departments and orders 34 departments to make reforms. Investigations in Newark begin after years of complaints.

Police Reforms (04:02)

Mayor Ras Baraka discusses the D.O.J.'s findings during a radio talk show. During the 1967 riots, Newark cops severely beat his father. Baraka is trying to bridge the gap between the police and the community.

System Inefficiencies (04:50)

The police communications center has difficulties fielding 911 calls. Director Eugene Venable discusses overtime vs. crime rate; Baraka cites the need for better intelligence. Baraka questions Venable about a gang-related shootout near police headquarters.

Gang Unit Ride Along (05:11)

Cobb accompanies officers Treymane Phillips and Nate Lhowe. They receive a tip about a person with a handgun and begin searching. Later, officers detain a man without prior intelligence.

Good or Bad Stop? (03:45)

Cobb requests a report on the stop by Phillips and Lhowe, and discusses the incident with Sgt. Conzentino. They consider the need to feel safe when surrounded by officers.

Police and Community Relationship (06:27)

James Stewart considers community perceptions and attitudes toward Newark police. Community members discuss the culture of the Newark Police Department. The gang unit makes the news when a young boy is injured.

Reforming the Police Department (06:21)

Cobb questions why Baraka hired Anthony Ambrose as police director; most reform work is about changing police culture. Cobb rides with Sgt. Rasheen Peppers who represents a different kind of policing; they gather intelligence.

Accountability and Transparency (04:03)

The gang unit Cobb accompanied has disbanded. Newark and the D.O.J. reach an agreement that outlines reform mandates, including a civilian review board. Cobb reviews limited reports from the nights he rode with the gang unit; Baraka addresses a class of new officers.

Credits: Policing the Police (01:01)

Credits: Policing the Police

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The new FRONTLINE documentary, Policing the Police, is a provocative journey inside one police force that's been ordered to reform by the Department of Justice: the Newark Police Department in New Jersey. Take a nuanced glimpse into how topics in the national discussion about race and policing are playing out every day on the streets of Newark, in community members' homes, and in the city's police precincts.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL151237

Copyright date: ©2016

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