NJ Police Internal Affairs Complaints

CLOSED: Two Newark police officers exonerated for warrantless search

On June 28, 2011, I filed an Internal Affairs complaint with the Newark Police Department against Officers Javier Rivera and Jimmy Rios.  My complaint is on-line here and the Appellate Division decision underlying the complaint is on-line here.  In essence, the Appellate Division had found that Rios and Rivera had made an improper, warrantless entry into a residence to make a drug possession arrest.

By letter dated May 3, 2013, on-line here, Lieutenant Antonio Domingues reported that after a complete investigation, the officers’ conduct was deemed “legal and proper.”  Accordingly, the officers were exonerated.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project