Jonathan Newton went from being a Clayton County Georgia cop, to whistle-blower about misconduct in the department, to being indicted, arrested and fired, by the person he blew the whistle on, which took 26 months to straighten out. Now Newton is the founder of National Association Against Police Brutality to protect against police brutality as well as police whistle blowers and he is also in his last year in law school.
While this would make an incredible plot for a movie or best-selling book, this is exactly what the last five years have looked like to Newton. This is His-Story!
“Once I was under criminal indictment, I got to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the legal system,” Newton informed.
He ended up pursuing a law degree and is in his last year of law school at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, (a HBCU – historically black colleges and universities) where he is the Student Bar Association President.
In December 2014, he started the National Association Against Police Brutality, which is an organization to combat racism and abuse in police work as well as to protect police whistle-blowers. The purpose of NAAPB is to eliminate police brutality through citizen education, community empowerment, and civil rights advocacy.
The NAAPB was conceptualized after the video killing of Eric Garner in NY went viral and when Newton got to school Dec 9th the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, because of a lack of organization dealing with police brutality.
“Jonathan Newton is a real fighter for the people. We need more like him on the front lines … Thank you for the work you do!” Damon K. Jones, NY Rep of Blacks In Law Enforcement of America tells BW.
Newton first came on as a public information officer in Clayton County, Georgia, then blew the whistle when Sheriff Victor Hill forced employees to work on his campaign while on county time – which is a violation of campaign rules.
Hill also required Newton to write his biography on the taxpayer’s dime.
After Newton blew the whistle, Sheriff Hill sought to have him indicted on theft and forgery charges and he was arrested and fired in May 2011.
BW salutes Jonathan Newton for using his experiences to be an advocate for others who will deal with similar situations. It would have been easy and even understandable if he just gave up on the system, but instead he went to law school and created this organization to help others!