Clergy Ask Coughlin to Help Change How Fatal Police Shootings Are Investigated

NJTV News | September 25, 2018 | Social
Pastors want Assembly Speaker to release legislation requiring Attorney General to take over in cases of killings by police

Clergy at a news conference in Edison yesterday called on Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to back a bill that would require the state Attorney General to take over investigations into police-involved fatal shootings.

Stressing that they are not anti-cop, the clergy said they were not impressed with the responses of county prosecutors to the shootings. There were 20 such shootings in New Jersey last year, 13 of them fatal.

Asked at an unrelated event whether the proposed legislation would be advanced anytime soon, Coughlin implied the issue isn’t currently a priority. (The pastors said they have failed to get a meeting with the Speaker, despite repeated requests.)

The Office of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that a 2015 directive already allows him to act as an independent prosecutor, but supporters of the Assembly bill said they want that to be codified in law.

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