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Family Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe into Newark Police Killing of Carl Dorsey

HeadlineJan 31, 2023

In New Jersey, racial justice advocates and the family of Carl Dorsey, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Newark police on New Year’s Day 2021, are calling on the U.S. attorney to launch a civil rights investigation into the case. This comes after a New Jersey grand jury last week decided not to indict Newark Police Detective Rod Simpkins for fatally shooting Dorsey two years ago. Simpkins was undercover and in an unmarked police minivan when he arrived at the scene after reportedly hearing gunshots. Within seconds of exiting his car, Simpkins fired his gun at Dorsey, and it is unclear if he first announced himself as a police officer.

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