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This Police Department Disbanded in 2012. Violent Crime Has Plummeted

New force focused on walking beats, talking to residents of Camden, NJ

(Newser) - City Council members in Minneapolis have vowed to "dismantle" the city's police department, which would be an unusual—but not entirely unprecedented—move. CNN looks at the experience of Camden, NJ, which disbanded and replaced its police department in 2012 amid budget woes and corruption that was deemed...

2 Patients, One Kidney, a 'Rare' Mistake

New Jersey hospital calls erroneous transplant an 'unprecedented event'

(Newser) - A New Jersey hospital is offering a mea culpa for an "unprecedented event" and vowing to put measures into places so something similar never happens again. Per NJ Advance Media , Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden acknowledged this week that a 51-year-old patient on the transplant list...

Only 3 Camden Teens Got 'College Ready' SAT Scores

New superintendent gives sobering assessment of listening tour

(Newser) - Just how bad are things in Camden's schools? So bad that only three students there managed a "college ready" SAT score in 2013, new superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard revealed yesterday. He called the number a "kick-in-the-stomach moment." It was one of a number of sobering assessments Rouhanifard...

3 Cops Shot at NJ Police Station

1 officer in surgery, 2 others suffered minor injuries

(Newser) - Three police officers were shot early this morning, with one seriously injured, inside their Gloucester Township station, reports Fox News . The suspected shooter was shot and killed in the firefight. Officials say a man who had been arrested in a domestic dispute earlier got into a struggle with police around...

Crime-Ridden NJ City Axes Police Department

Camden to replace force with non-union county workers

(Newser) - Camden, New Jersey, is often cited as one of the most dangerous cities in America—so of course, it's getting rid of its police department. In a bid to rein in its budget, the city will lay off all 460 of its police officers by the end of the...

NJ Mom Decapitates Toddler Son
NJ Mom Decapitates
Toddler Son

NJ Mom Decapitates Toddler Son

Chevonne Thomas recently regained custody of the boy

(Newser) - A New Jersey mother killed herself after decapitating her 2-year-old son just months after child welfare workers returned the boy to her. Chevonne Thomas lost her son, Zahree, after she was charged with child endangerment. But in spring she regained custody of the boy, whose head was discovered by police...

Crime-Heavy Camden Cuts Half its Police

Even though it's one of America's most dangerous cities

(Newser) - Camden, New Jersey, was America’s second most dangerous city in 2010, and its most dangerous in 2009, according to one annual study, and its median income of $26,752 is within the margin of error for the nation’s lowest. Yet the city today began laying off 167 of...

NJ City Plans to Close Public Libraries

Broke Camden can't afford library system

(Newser) - A budget crisis is forcing Camden, NJ, to shut down its public library system, MyFox New York reports. Unless emergency funding can be secured, Camden's three branch libraries will close at the end of this year, and the 106-year-old system's collection of 187,000 books will be liquidated. "We're...

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