New Jersey AG starts series of meetings on police use of force

Mike Dougherty
January 23, 2019 - 10:57 pm
New Jersey's attorney general visited Cumberland County to hold the first in a series of community listening sessions and to talk about efforts to curb excessive use of force by police.

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BRIDGETON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey's Attorney General visited Cumberland County to hold the first in a series of community listening sessions and to talk about efforts to curb excessive use of force by police. 

The Use of Force Project is Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's initiative to improve transparency. His office is developing a system that will monitor use of force data at every department.

"To hold individuals accountable where it's necessary, to retrain individuals and law enforcement when it's necessary. We hope to rebuild some of the trust that some individuals, through their questioning, had felt has been eroded over the past number of years," Grewal said. 

Grewal spoke about giving law enforcement, particularly prosecutors, implicit bias training to ensure a more equitable criminal justice system. He also said he does not support the Independent Prosecutor Directive, a proposal that would give his office ultimate jurisdiction over police-involved shootings.

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Walter Hudson wasn't too pleased about what he heard.

"Until we see police officers being held accountable, until we see them taking the perp walk, then that's when I'll believe it. Right now, it's just talk. It's all talk, no action," Hudson said. 

Grewal will attend more listening sessions across the state. 

Dates and locations can be found here.