Paterson police used excessive force more than Newark, Jersey City

Cities with twice the population reported fewer incidents. Paterson says the figures declined for three years and it has strict policies to prevent abuse

There are new questions about complaints of excessive force by police officers in one of the state’s largest cities. A recent analysis by the Paterson Press, confirmed by NJ Spotlight News, found those incidents in Paterson were far higher than in Newark or Jersey City, where the population is roughly double the size and the amount of both cops and crime far greater. But advocates and critics of law enforcement say those statistics don’t paint a full picture of policing in an area. So what do they tell us?

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