Family of teen struck, killed by Camden cop wants state investigation

Mike DeNardo
June 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The family of a teenager struck and killed by a Camden police officer wants the state to investigate her death. 

The Camden County prosecutor found that no criminal charges were warranted against County police officer James Lopez, who struck and killed 17-year-old Nerreada Robles while responding to a call in February.  

But Jeffrey Fritz, an attorney for the Robles family, says a state law that took effect 13 days before Robles' death requires an independent investigation.

"The law is very clear. The evidence has to be presented to a grand jury. It hasn't occurred. It's been more than four months," Fritz said. 

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Fritz says he's been told his case was referred to the attorney general's new Office of Public Integrity and Accountability. A spokeswoman for the state attorney general confirmed that the family contacted the attorney general's division of criminal justice, but wouldn't comment on whether an investigation was underway. 

A spokeswoman for the county prosecutor said the decision not to charge Lopez came in March "after a thorough investigation," but wouldn't comment further.

A county spokesman says Lopez remains on paid leave pending an internal affairs investigation. 

Fritz says the family intends to file a wrongful death civil claim against the county.