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Newark NJ, Newark police have deployed extra security to protect Sen. Cory Booker in response to a death threat against the former mayor, officials said Saturday.
In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said police were working with U.S. Capitol Police to protect the New Jersey Democrat.
“The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members,” Baraka said. Members of the police division’s executive protection unit were assigned to provide security.
NJ Senator Cory Booker had slammed the ‘repugnant’ call for killing of Jews by Imam of Jersey City Mosque. In his letter to Ahmed Shedeed — the president of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, Booker excoriated Elkasaby’s remarks as “repugnant,” “dangerous,” and “unconscionable.” Death threats followed, a fatwa in the opinion of some experts .
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Representatives for Booker’s office and the U.S. Capitol Police would not comment on the threat.
Officials did not disclose more details on the nature of the threat or say if there were any arrests.
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Federal report on Newark police department may come back to haunt Cory Booker
JULY 28, 2014 LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014, 1:40 AM
BY HERB JACKSON
When the U.S. Justice Department issued a damning report last week about civil-rights abuses by the Newark Police Department, Sen. Cory Booker — who served as the high-profile mayor of the city while the abuses were piling up — said the federal involvement was a positive step.
As mayor, Booker recalled, he had worked with the American Civil Liberties Union — which first requested the federal investigation — to improve procedures and “even ended up calling for the federal assistance being announced today.”
What Booker didn’t say was that he had tried to stop the investigation back in 2010, before it ever began.
Or that he said in 2011 that it would be “ridiculous” to hire a federal monitor to oversee the department — a step that the city agreed to take last week.
Booker’s shifting reaction to federal oversight of the 1,000-member police force has had little immediate impact on his rising national reputation, even though similar issues have become major liabilities for other elected officials.
But they could be damaging in the future.
“For somebody who built his career around turning Newark around, a Justice Department finding is a very clear
statement that, well, you didn’t turn this part around,” said University of Nebraska-Omaha Professor Samuel Walker, who has written a book about police practices and was familiar with the ACLU’s efforts in Newark.
Though best known for his openness with strangers on Twitter to the point of inviting people to shower at his apartment during the post-Superstorm Sandy blackout, Booker has tightly controlled press access since becoming a senator. For example, he generally ¬declines requests for comment from reporters who swarm around senators heading to and from votes and has turned down invitations to appear on network news shows.
And last week, after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the scathing findings from a three-year investigation of the Newark police, he declined to discuss the police misconduct and instead only issued statements through his Senate office.
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