Star Ledger: Editor charges Newark cops violated his civil rights
The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, contends police violated the civil rights of Brazilian Voice editor Roberto Lima by detaining him until he relinquished the photos taken by a member of his staff.
“I offered Newark police the original photographs as long as I could keep copies, but they handcuffed me to a bench until I agreed to give them all copies and originals,” Lima said in a written statement released today by the ACLU.
Sounds like a little civil rights sensitivity training is in order for the NPD.
Seriously, this news has a chilling effect on those of us who write about Newark on a day-to-day basis: the NPD or City Hall needs to issue a statement today condemning this behavior towards journalists in the city. I hardly think the Booker administration wants to find itself defending suppression of First Amendment rights.