Newark's mayor has released more details on the creation of a civilian review board to oversee police conduct.

Creating a board was one of the changes ordered by the federal Justice Department in 2014 after a three-year federal investigation found systemic misconduct and insufficient oversight in the city's police department.

Red and Blue Lightbar of a Police Car (shiyali,ThinkStock)

Newark's city council was discussing the plan Wednesday.

The board would have the power to issue subpoenas and conduct investigations, and would establish a program to help citizens with complaints reach resolution. It also would review complaints including those alleging excessive use of force, abuse of authority, unlawful stop or arrest and unlawful search.

Findings would be forwarded to the police director for possible disciplinary action.

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