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To: Maplewood Township Committee, Maplewood Police Department
Release the Names and Records of the Six Police Officers Disciplined 7/5/16
We, the undersigned residents of Maplewood and South Orange demand the release of the names and records of the six officers disciplined for the incident which took place on July 5, 2016.
Why is this important?
On July 5, 2016, members of the Maplewood police department participated in racial profiling and police brutality against a group of black teenagers, resulting in the arrest of four South Orange and Maplewood teenagers.
The Maplewood teenager who was arrested was punched and kicked by police officers while handcuffed and face down on the ground. Six officers were disciplined for this action, but none were fired or charged.
Teenagers were being herded out of their home towns and prevented from returning in an act of ignorance and racial profiling. They were also pepper sprayed when they resisted.
The identities of the officers were never released. As far as the public knows, all six officers disciplined remain on the force.
As members of the public, we deserve to know if the officers actively policing our streets have committed acts of racially charged brutality. This town has built its image on diversity and equality, but has consistently fallen short when it comes to protecting those ideologies.
Maplewood Township has repeatedly claimed that we as a town will be working towards police reform, but how can we reform if we do not acknowledge the past?