Police use lights, sirens to escort DJ Funkmaster Flex to Newark mayor’s birthday party

NEWARK — Mayor Ras Baraka downplayed the use of city police time and resources to escort a celebrity DJ to his birthday party, which also doubled as a campaign event.

“We use police to escort everybody around the city when they come to city events, whether you’re talking about actors, the President, state folks authors,” Baraka said. “Yes, that happens all the time.”

On April 9, an unmarked Newark Police Department squad car used lights and sirens to run red lights in New York...

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